These Strawberry and Limoncello mojito cocktails taste summer in Amalfi. They started out with a strawberry lemonade and slowly worked their way into coral-coloured cocktails.
At a recent cooking class, we made a summer berry preserve with rosemary and lemon. As usual, there were a couple of raised eyebrows as to the compatibility of herbs and fruit. Spluttering away quietly on the stove, the scent of woody rosemary wafted into the air. Gathering around the pot for a taste, doubt was replaced by a sound cooks love to hear – mmmmm…. We ate spoonfuls, still warm and heaped onto rye breakfast scones or swirled through thick yoghurt. And so the fruit and herb partnership continues.
While strawberries are in season, it’s a good idea to make a double batch of this lemonade, especially if you’re hosting holiday celebrations. It also makes a lovely hostess gift. A hand written tag with the recipe for this limoncello cocktail attached, might be a thoughtful touch.
Strawberry and Limoncello mojito cocktails
Makes about 600ml
- 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, pureed
- 250ml (1 cup) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 30ml (1 oz) Limoncello
- 1 oz white rum
- 30ml strawberry lemonade
- juice of half a lime
- club soda
- extra lime slices for serving
- fresh mint leaves
- 2 stems fresh rosemary, for garnishing
- Start by making the strawberry lemonade. Place the strawberry puree, lemon juice, sugar and rosemary in a saucepan.
- Bring up to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Skim off any scum that rises to the surface.
- Simmer on medium high for about 10 minutes until slightly reduced and syrupy.
- Remove the rosemary sprigs and strain to remove the strawberry seeds.
- Pour into a sterilised bottle and seal.
- For the cocktails, combine the Limoncello, rum and lime juice.
- Pour into a chilled glass and top with club soda and swizzle gently to combine.
- Add fresh lemon slices and mint leaves.
- Rest the rosemary stems on the rim of the glass and light just before serving. Salute!
A great cocktail needs an elegant and delicious something to nibble on. These canapés are impressive.