Always a refreshing summer drink, the mojito is extra fun to make with mint from your own garden. We also have a raspberry patch, from which we make (among other things) raspberry syrup. I added some syrup to a mojito and it turned out rather delightfully!
Here’s how: Muddle several mint leaves in a glass with an ounce of lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar (or a sugar cube); add 1/2 ounce raspberry syrup and 2 ounces white rum; stir; add ice cubes and club soda to fill; stir gently and top with a mint spring.
Some say a gimlet should be made with Rose’s lime juice. I say that just because Rose’s has been around for a long time, doesn’t mean we should keep using it. I think it tastes dreadful. Fresh lime juice + sugar is far and away more delicious. Fresh lime is traditionally used for a rickey rather than a gimlet, but a rickey is served with soda on the rocks, and that’s not this. Perhaps not a gimlet, but I don’t much care for the sound of a ‘raspberry reamer‘ even though a google search produces no results for the phrase and maybe I could trademark it.
Raspberry gimlet-or-what-have-you: Shake over ice: 2 ounces vodka or gin, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 ounce raspberry syrup; strain into a martini-shaped glass.