Fresh Strawberry Mojito

Makes 1 cocktail

For the strawberry puree
1 cup quartered fresh strawberries
1 fresh mint leaf
1 tbsp sugar

For the cocktail
Juice from ½ lime (about ½ oz)
10 fresh mint leaves
1 oz white rum
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz strawberry puree
4 oz soda or sparkling water
Ice cubes

To make the strawberry puree: Put the strawberries in a blender, and add the mint leaf and sugar. Blend until very smooth. Strain the puree in a fine sieve to get rid of the seeds and bigger bits of mint. This makes more than you need for one cocktail, but you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it’ll keep for a week.

To make the cocktail: In a tall glass, pour the lime juice and add the mint leaves. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, crush the mint leaves to release their oils into the lime juice. Add the rum, simple syrup, 1 oz of strawberry puree, and mix with a spoon. Add 3-4 ice cubes, then add 4 oz soda or sparkling water. Mix well. Decorate the glass with a sprig of mint and a fresh strawberry, if desired.

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