I’ve been making the most of the still wonderfully warm weather with evening drinks on our deck. Our rum stores are still amply stocked so mojitos seem to be the order of the day. A particularly hot spell has left the mint looking a bit on the tired side however but the basil plant is still over-achieving. I believe that they’re from the same family so why not substitute one for the other. I also changed the lime juice to lemon juice because I thought something slightly less tart might work better with the sweet basil.
5-6 fresh basil leaves (plus extra to garnish)
1/2 tsp sugar
50ml good quality golden or dark rum (I used Flor de Cana 4 year old)
1 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
splash of soda water
Muddle together the basil and sugar until the leaves have broken down but they aren’t quite a pureed mush. Add plenty of ice along with the rum and lemon juice and stir well so that it is nicely chilled. Top up with as much or as little soda water as you like. Garnish with a few more basil leaves or some lemon wedges. Sit back and think of Cuba.