My cousin recently told me: if you're in love with your own photography, it means your doing something right. Well, I have to admit, every now and then it happens that I can't stop staring at one of my own pictures. I know, it sounds a little weird, but I can't help it. These grapefruit mojitos just look so cute!
To be fair, I couldn't do it with my amazing collection of props, glasses, mugs, plates, spoons et cetera (+ my precious camera). Of course, I want the food to be the star of the show, but I do like to play dress up. So in preparing these cocktails, I used my new wooden cocktail set handmade by Kellen Catani, a woodworker from Knoxville (why do all good things seem to come from Tennessee, folks? His company Purebred Wood and Craft Co. sells the most gorgeous wooden kitchen utensils, such as french rolling pins, spoons, coffee pour over stations, and these cocktail sets.
Kellen is all about authenticity. He only uses pure wood for his products. "Behind the first of layer of walnut, you will simply find more walnut. Since it is a single origin wood, the wood has a story. You can trace it back to the seed, to the sapling, to that little sprout, all the way to that giant tree. The wood is local, from the region, you can trace it back to its origins. Each piece is truly unique."
I love it when makers talk with so much passion about their products, don't you?
When Kellen asked me if I wanted to make a cocktail with their muddler and stirring spoon I could't resist. I never posted a alcoholic drink here before, but there's a first for everything. I usually only drink wine, and not that often either. But in summer I'd like to have a mojito every now and then. Therefore, I decided to go with this classic. The only thing that's different from a normal mojito is the grapefruit. Perfect for this time of year since citrus fruit is still in season. The gorgeous color of these pink grapefruits stole my heart and they give this drink a nice tangy flavor as well.
Also, mojitos are one of the easiest cocktails to make, I think. I decided to leave out all the muddled ingredients in the end, as I like to sip my drink without having mint and slices of citrus in my mouth, but you could of course leave them in the glass if you want to.
1 1/2 grapefruit, juice
1 grapefruit, cut in slices
1 lime, juice
10 mint leaves
125 ml rum
1 1/2 tbsp unrefined cane sugar
How to make it:
1. In a glass, place the slices of grapefruit and the quarter of lime. Add the sugar and mint.
2. Muddle until all of it is crushed. Don't overdo it.
3. Add the fresh juice and rum. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Sieve into two clean glasses filled with crushed ice and top with sparkling water. You can also serve with the citrus parts and mint. Cheers!
A special thanks to Dille & Kamille Hilversum who let me borrow these pretty glasses and citrus juicer!