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No matter how many of us dread this time of year, the truth is: we gotta do our taxes.
I’m not a very organized person, but I git ‘er dun… if you know what I mean. The rustling of receipts, itemizing expenses, and the gathering of any and all tax forms can be quite the stressor.
Which is why I came up with what I am calling my Tax Relief Cocktail! A Xanax for those taxed with taxes! 😉
This crafty concoction blends two of my favorite things in the world… relaxation and mojitos! It’s like being on vacation on a warm Mexican beach. This cocktail is the perfect way to unwind after writing Uncle Sam yet another check this year.
I am employing a very old school approach to infuse floral notes to my rum the way craft cocktail bartenders develop floral bitters for some of the best cocktails in San Diego.
First, start by adding your dry lavender buds to your rum. Allow them to steep for at least 30 minutes. (The longer the better, but lets face it… sometimes you just want to have that drink). The alcohol in the rum will extract the lavender oils, and it will take on the nuances of these delicate flowers providing you with that much needed sense of relief.
Secondly, muddle your sugar and mint at the bottom of your glass or shaker. Add your shot of rum and muddle, muddle, muddle some more to release the oils from the lavender. Strain if you so choose, or top off with Tonic Water or Club Soda of your choice.
You will be surprised how smooth and relaxing this cocktail is. Taxes? What taxes? At least not til next year… sigh.
Salud! (Cheers!) – Maggie
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Tax Relief Cocktail - Lavender Mint Mojito
- 1 oz. Rum of Choice
- 1 tsp Dry Lavender Flowers
- 6 Mint Leaves
- 1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 7 oz. Club Soda/ Tonic Water
- 4-6 Ice Cubes
- Pour Lavender Buds into Rum of Choice.
- Allow to steep for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- At bottom of glass or shaker, muddle sugar and 4 mint leaves.
- Add stepped rum and muddle a bit more.
- Add Club Soda and Ice. Stir.
- Strain if preferred.
- Garnish with Remaining Mint Leaves.
I want to give this a try…. I would not have thought to put lavender in a drink but can see it would add that special something! Mmmm I think I smell lavender right now!