Perk up this winter with a seasonal citrus cocktail. Featuring the winter's most-beloved citrus, this freshly squeezed blood orange mojito is the perfect refresher when you’re over the chilly months. With just one sip, this vibrant, effervescent mojito will transport you to warm patio days.
Add water, sugar and blood orange zest to a small saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a low boil, stirring every so often to help dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar dissolves, turn off the heat and allow the syrup to steep for about 15 minutes. Strain and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This can be done a couple weeks ahead of time.
Blood Orange Mojito
In a cocktail shaker, add the mint leaves, lime wedges and blood orange simple syrup. Muddle to release the lime juice and fragrant oil from the mint. Add the blood orange juice and white rum to the cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Pop on the top and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds.
Strain into ice-filled glasses. Top with a splash of club soda and gently stir to combine. Take a large fresh mint sprig and place in the palm of your hand. Clap your other hand on top of the mint. This releases the mint's fragrance. Place fragrant mint sprig in glass and garnish with additional blood orange slices if desired. Enjoy!
The blood orange syrup adds an extra punch of blood orange flavor, but you can also use unflavored simple syrup if you prefer.
For a pitcher serving eight, use eight mint sprigs, eight limes, eight blood oranges, 2 cups rum, 1 cup blood orange simple syrup and 1 cup club soda.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.