Fresh Picked Raspberry-Mint Daiquiris And Hazy Summer Reflections …
Fresh-Picked Raspberry-Mint Daiquiri
Truth: I’m suffering from a bit of vacation envy this week. Months have passed since I’ve had a whole day to myself, and to be honest, I really need one.Â It’s been terribly hot, and I’ve been doing projects back-to-back.Â I try to “make hay while the sun shines”, as the saying goes, and during the growing season, taking time off work always feels impossible. But summer days pass quickly —at the speed of light, really— and it’s important to savor their sweetness. My nephew will soon be two years old, and I can’t remember the last time my toes touched sand.Â I miss my friends. I miss my family. It’s time to slow things down a little and plan a mini-vacation: pick some wild berries, kick off shoes, float in the lake and mix a cocktail or two …
Hazy Green Mountains at Sunset
Never one for frozen-cocktails, I prefer my libations lightly chilled and shaken with hand-cracked ice. The classic daiquiri (made with lime juice, white rum and gomme syrup) wasn’t originally a blender drink; though on a hot day, many prefer to serve it that way. There are so many variations on the basic recipe, but in mid-summer, is there anything tastier than a cocktail made with freshly picked, juicy fruit? The heavenly fragrance of raspberries and mint, the glow of saturated, backlit color; why it’s just summertime in a glass …
Old Fashioned Raspberry-Mint Daiquiri
Ingredients (one cocktail, multiply to suit any number of companions)
1 Â Â Â Â handful fresh picked raspberries (about 20 juicy, plump berries)
6 Â Â Â Â fresh picked mint leaves, slightly crushed
1 2/3 Â oz Puerto Rican White Rum
2/3 Â Â oz fresh squeezed lime juice
extra mint and raspberries for garnish and nibbles
hand cracked ice
*dash of gomme or simple syrup (*optional if berries are tart)
Place raspberries and mint in a cocktail shaker and lightly mash (*if berries seem tart, add a dash of gomme/simple syrup to sweeten the drink). Add cracked ice to the cup an pour in the rum and lime juice. Let it all sit for a minute, then cover and shake it all up. Set aside. Add a sprig of mint with three raspberries to a double cocktail glass. Strain contents of shaker into the glass, walk out to the deck, kick off your shoes, sit down and sip. Repeat as necessary.
Â Cheers! Here’s to Summer!
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