Our family has had the most challenging last two weeks – we lost Rhoda Kiss, our mother, David’s wife, and best friend. We are trying to keep up some sense of normalcy and order to this emotional chaos, so that brought my dad up to West Chester Pennsylvania this week. (This had originally been a trip planned for the two of them.)
I rent an apartment in the cute downtown area, and have slowly moved in over the past couple of months. But the place really needed to feel ‘lived in’ (i.e., art on the walls, green plants adorning the side tables.
As dads do, mine went right to work on fixing things that needed fixing, hanging pictures with razor-sharp focus and precision, and playing with my dog Jack who needs at least two humans going at full speed to wear the little guy out.
On day two of our many projects, we were winding down the day and it was almost dinner time. As a ‘Thank You’ for all of his hard work, I wanted to make us a refreshing cocktail so I looked to the fridge. What I had leftover from the week’s cooking and QVC propping was some mint, cucumber, and citrus. That combination just spoke to me: MOJITOS. I am calling them ‘Kitchen Sink Mojitos’ because it feels like everything is in there.. but the kitchen sink!
Recipe is below, I hope you get to try these! Feel free to alter the recipe a bit to use up what you have in your fridge – strawberries, blueberries, peach, basil, rosemary; get creative!
Kitchen Sink Mojitos
2 ounces Simple Syrup (melt equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan.)
1 fresh lime, cut into small wedges
2 sprigs mint, plus extra for garnish
1/3 of a cucumber, very thinly sliced
4 ounces light rum
Club Soda (I had Pellegrino on hand, but Sprite or Seltzer would do fine too)
In two large glasses, divide up the mint, lime wedges, and cucumber. Pour 1 ounce of the simple syrup in each. With the back of a wooden spoon, muddle all ingredients until the mint and lime start to break apart. Pour in 2 ounces each light rum, and top with Club Soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Enjoy this refreshing treat with someone you love!