Many Miles Mojito
The key to this delicious mojito is the sweet-tart taste of seasonal fruit and fresh-squeezed lime juice, which give runners vitamin C to boost that happiness neurotransmitter serotonin. All you need is a muddler to make this mixed drink.
10 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
4 juicy strawberries, hulled
1½ oz. simple syrup (see recipe below)
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice (about ½ lime)
2 oz. of your favorite rum, such as Bully Boy
Splash of soda water
Splash of St-Germain (optional)
In a Collins or mojito glass, add the mint leaves and strawberries and gently mash with a muddler so strawberries are pulpy and juicy. (It’s best to add mint leaves first under the strawberries so they stay intact while releasing fragrance.) Add simple syrup, lime juice and rum. Fill three quarters of the way with ice, and top with soda water and a splash of St-Germain, if using. Use a bar spoon and mix very well to disperse all the flavors. Garnish with the sprig of mint.
Hold the Hooch: Muddle mint and strawberries with 2 slices of peeled cucumber to release juices. Add 1½ ounces of both simple syrup and lime. Fill the glass with ice and top with sparkling or soda water.
SIMPLE SYRUP: Add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Let cool, and store in a mason jar in the fridge.