Cheers: Alice’s Tea-jito

One of my favorite cocktails is the mojito. Although more of a summer drink, the refreshing combination of citrus, mint, sweetness, and rum transports me to a warm beach, even if I am in cold and dreary NYC. Since more snow is headed our way, my game plan is to make some mojitos for brunch this weekend and pretend I’m on vacation.  

The Fox sisters include a veritable array of intriguing tea-infused cocktails in their fabulous cookbook Alice’s Tea Cup, including a fun take on the mojito that they call Alice’s Tea-jito. Since they’re the queens of tea, they use Moroccan Mint tea leaves to create a Moroccan Mint Simple Syrup, which adds a fresh, sweet minty flavor.

Get together with your pals, pretend it’s summer, and enjoy this wonderful twist on my and Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drink. Cheers!

Alice’s Tea-jito
Makes 1 cocktail

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces Moroccan Mint Simple
    Syrup (recipe follows)

  • 1 fresh mint sprig, for garnish

  • 1 splash seltzer
  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the rum, lime juice, and mint syrup, cover, and shake vigorously.

2. Fill a tall glass with ice and add the mint sprig. Strain the liquid from the shaker into the glass, and top off with a splash of seltzer. Garnish with the lime wedge on the rim of the glass.

Moroccan Mint Simple Syrup
Makes enough for 4 drinks

  • 3 heaping tablespoons Moroccan
  • Mint tea leaves (see Resources)
  • 1 cup sugar

1. Steep the tea leaves in 1 cup boiling-hot water for 3 minutes, then strain the tea into a small bowl, discarding the leaves.

2. Add the sugar and stir until it has completely dissolved.

3. Refrigerate until cool. (Do not use the simple syrup in a cocktail until it has cooled completely.)

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