Lavish Libations: A Mojito Granita

fullsizeoutput_2ec6.jpegSo 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!

IMG_7627.JPGStart 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.IMG_7629.JPGSpray your cup with non-stick spray and your syrup will flow right out!IMG_7628.JPGIMG_7630.JPGYou will need approximately 3 cups of simple syrup for this recipe. IMG_7626.JPGNow 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.IMG_7633.JPGCut 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.  IMG_7635.JPGPlace the lemongrass layers and 1 cup fresh basil in a cocktail shaker and muddle down like crazy!IMG_7634.JPGIMG_7636.JPGAdd the juice of six limes.IMG_7637.JPGIMG_7639.JPGAdd 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.  IMG_7640.JPGIMG_7641.JPGPlace in a glass dish and cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.IMG_7643.JPGWait to take out of the freezer immediately before serving, especially if you will be eating in outside.IMG_7704.JPGScrape with a fork and spoon mixture into serving glasses.  Garnish with lime and serve with a spoon.IMG_7706.JPGfullsizeoutput_2ec4.jpegRecipe:

(serves 8)

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.fullsizeoutput_2ebf.jpegfullsizeoutput_2ec3.jpegFeel free to change the flavors up to your tastes.  I am planning on it!





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