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Mojito, anyone? {Recipes Included}

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With 29 days to go before book launch, I think it’s time for a cocktail, don’t you?

In the opening scene of A Beautiful Heist my main character, Cat Montgomery, is at a swanky gala on a yacht. But she’s not there for fun–she’s hard at work. Specifically, there’s a very particular diamond ring on board, locked away in a safe on the lower level. And it’s got her name written all over it.

Meanwhile, the beautiful people attending the party are nibbling canapes and sipping mojitos, blissfully unaware of the jewel thief in their midst.

Now, a mojito is a Cuban drink made with rum, and it’s refreshing and sweet–perfect for summertime. Today there are plenty of delicious variations, but the classic version was a favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway.

So if you ever find yourself hosting a fancy yacht party (or, okay, just having friends over for drinks in your backyard)…here are the drink recipes you’ll need:

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Classic Mojito

  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3 teapoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum
  • club soda, chilled

1. Place mint and sugar in a tall glass. Crush mint leaves with the back of a spoon or muddler.

2. Add the lime juice and stir thoroughly, to dissolve the sugar.

3. Fill glass with ice cubes.

4. Pour in rum and mix.

5. Top with a splash of club soda.

6. Garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.

Champagne Mojito

  • 4 mint springs
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 ounces champagne, chilled

1. Crush or muddle mint leaves in a bowl with the sugar and lime juice.

2. Strain mixture into a chilled champagne glass.

3. Top with champagne and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Pomegranate Mojito

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 12 mint sprigs
  • 6 tablespoons white rum
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • splash club soda

1. Place mint and sugar in a tall glass. Crush mint leaves with the back of a spoon or a muddler.

2. Add lime juice and stir thoroughly to dissolve sugar.

3. Pour in rum and pomegranate juice.

4. Fill glass with ice cubes.

5. Top with a splash of club soda.

6. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

Cheers!

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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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