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Lemon-Basil Mojito

Lemon-Basil Mojito

Well hello! My friend Matt is in town and brunch awaits, so I’m going to make this quick. We made these super simple and refreshing mojitos last night before we hit the town.

Today, I bring you a simple twist on a classic mojito from The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson. I’ve been meaning to tell you about this cookbook for a while. The book’s subtitle, Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods, sums it up pretty perfectly.

Erin started a blog called The Forest Feast after she moved from New York to a cabin near San Francisco. In the book, she offers exceptionally simple (like, five ingredient!) vegetarian recipes that are brought to life by photographs, watercolor illustrations and handwritten notes. It’s definitely a book to keep on the coffee table.

My only suggestion for this mojito is to really load it up with herbs. We used the basil and mint that’s growing in my backyard; I skimped on the basil because the neighborhood bunnies have stripped the bottom 10 inches of the plant bare. Those bunnies! We also muddled the herbs beyond recognition, so go easy there. Regardless, it’s a super refreshing, slow sipper. If you have herbs growing in your backyard, I suggest that you make these tonight!

Lemon-Basil Mojito

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Light, herbal, refreshing mojitos for summer days! This is a simple twist on a classic mojito made with basil and lemon. Erin suggests freezing ice cubes with mint, basil and lemon slices, which would be a nice touch. Ingredients listed yield one cocktail.



  • Sprig of basil
  • Sprig of mint
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar or agave nectar
  • 1 ½ ounces clear rum
  • Big squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Club soda or seltzer


  1. In a sturdy glass, muddle fresh basil and mint leaves with sugar. Add rum and lemon juice.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, top it off with club soda and stir it with a spoon. Enjoy.

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