Adventures with infusions: The ReJiggered Mojito June 10 2013

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Another way to bring some new flavors to your ReJigger party is to infuse your ingredients with different flavors. You can do this with any spirit or even buy one of the many flavored spirits out there. Flavored vodkas have been around for a while and we're starting to see many flavored whiskies hit the stores.

But my favorite infusion technique is to create infused syrups, mostly because it's so easy to do and it really brings a new dimension of flavor to your cocktail. You can infuse simple syrups or honey syrups with fruits, herbs, teas, or just about anything else.

This week, we'll be playing around with some different infused syrups, starting off with a mint infused simple syrup for a ReJiggered Mojito. I love using this syrup in recipes that call for muddled mint because I've never been a big fan of the little bits of mint that get stuck in my teeth when I drink a Mojito.

Start by making a basic simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar) and as the sugar dissolves and comes to a simmer, add a handful of fresh mint. The amount of mint you add depends on how minty you want the syrup to be. I add about 6 sprigs of mint to 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes then discard the mint sprigs. Once the syrup is cool, it is ready to be used.

For the ReJiggered Mojito, start with a light rum, then add some fresh lime juice and your mint infused simple syrup. Give it a good shake and strain into a glass with ice. Top it off with some sparkling water and enjoy! This is a great sipping cocktail for sitting in the backyard on a hot, summer day.