So do you want to up your game in the dessert realm? Well, try one of these rum-infused, mojito granitas. They are basically an adult slushy that will take any hot day and make it cooler!
Start by making your simple syrup. It’s basically equal parts boiling water to equal parts sweetener. You can use sugar by all means, like most people do….but, I am using the lower-glycemic, light agave syrup.Spray your cup with non-stick spray and your syrup will flow right out!You will need approximately 3 cups of simple syrup for this recipe. Now for the muddling of flavors. Most mojitos are made up of lime and mint. I shook my recipe up a bit and made lemongrass-basil flavored mojitos.Cut 1 stalk of lemongrass (found in the herb section of your produce section) down the middle horizontally. Then cut into small sections, separating each layer. Place the lemongrass layers and 1 cup fresh basil in a cocktail shaker and muddle down like crazy!Add the juice of six limes.Add 1 1/2 cups of light rum, put on shaker top and shake. (FYI..these are on the stronger side. If you prefer lighter granitas, only add 1 cup of rum.) ( To make a kid-friendly version, leave out the alcohol altogether.) Strain mixture in a bowl and add simple syrup. Stir well. Place in a glass dish and cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.Wait to take out of the freezer immediately before serving, especially if you will be eating in outside.Scrape with a fork and spoon mixture into serving glasses. Garnish with lime and serve with a spoon.Recipe:
1 1/2 cup light rum
3 cups of simple syrup
1 stalk of lemongrass, cut in half horizontally, cut into sections, and separating the layers
1 cup fresh basil
juice of six limes
Muddle lemongrass layers and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add lime juice and rum. Shake and strain into a bowl. Add simple syrup and stir. Freeze overnight or longer.
Remove from freezer right before serving. Scrape with a fork and scoop out with a spoon into glasses. Garnish with slices of lime. Serve with spoon.Feel free to change the flavors up to your tastes. I am planning on it!