So, a couple nights ago I experimented with a few mojito recipes using mint and two kinds of basil from my garden. The first experiment is well-documented here.
After I made the Lemon Basil Mojito, I decided to try a variation that I read about online. It involved regular basil, black pepper, sugar, and lime. The ingredient list alone was enough to pique my interest and make me want to try it out. So that’s what I did, with my trusty sidekick, Chester the dog.
10 black peppercorns
1 tbsp. sugar
1 handful of basil leaves
2 oz. light rum
3-4 oz. sparkling mineral water
This recipe was, um…interesting. I’m not sure if I liked it or not. It tasted a lot like iced chamomile tea with a kick, which was not the spicy-sweet basil concoction I was expected. That said, it wasn’t bad, necessarily. It was just different. I think I’ll try it again, but make it more like a regular mojito (switching out the mint for basil) and leave out the black pepper. I like the idea of adding a little spice, but maybe cayenne pepper or ginger would be better suited for that.
Overall Grade = C