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Knock knock knock.
I had my best girl, Kelly Felthouse, over for brunch yesterday morning and we had a delicious balsamic pineapple salad (see recipe). I was about to start putting away the leftover and she said, “You could make this into a cocktail. Like a mojito!” Genius.
So we did. Here are the results.
What you need (for 2 cocktails):
- 1 cup (scant) leftover balsamic pineapple salad
- 5 sprigs fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 4 oz Malfy Italian gin
- 2 oz limoncello
- square ice cubes
Put 2 tablespoons of sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Take 2 rocks glasses: dip rim in the pink liquid from the leftover salad, then roll the rim in sugar.
Go pick some mint.
In a jar or pyrex or sturdy glass, add the leftover rim sugar to the leftover salad. Add the mint sprigs.
Muddle away. Get it all good and macerated. Add the gin and limoncello. Dole over ice into the sugar-rimmed glasses.
Top with seltzer and give it a stir.
Cheers! A perfect summer cocktail. When I was naming this, I had to give a nod to my KelKel. In Trip of Love, Kelly sang the Lover’s Concerto after meeting my character. So I present to you THE LOVER’S MOJITO!
Cheers to friends – the new ones and the old. And to you for reading. Till next time.
The Gentleman Caller