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Shiso Mojito

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Shiso Mojito

Mojito

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This is just one way to make a Shiso Mojito, which is very similar to the classic Mojito. The difference between the two is that the Shiso Mojito uses shiso in place of mint.

Shiso, or perilla, is a herb in the mint family and is primarily used in Japanese cuisine. There are two types of shiso, red and green, with green being preferred in this recipe. It is a little difficult to describe, but you will find it does not have a mint flavor as we typically think of the herb, it is more of an anise, citrus, and cinnamon taste. Some people compare it (especially the red) to a light basil while some recipes suggest parsley as a substitute when shiso cannot be found. As shiso has become more popular in recent years, it is possible to find it in well-stocked grocers and stores that specialize in international cuisine.

Beyond the shiso, this recipe can be adapted in a few ways. I really like it with cachaca, though a quality light rum does a fine job as well. The key lime and yuzu juice adds a nice tart aspect that makes it very interesting. Also, I like to add ginger ale with this recipe because it adds a little sweetness that the Mojito's club soda doesn't have.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Place the sugar, lime juice, and mint into a highball glass.
  2. Muddle until sugar is dissolved and mint leaves are broken, releasing their flavor.
  3. Add rum and key lime or yuzu juice and fill the glass with ice.
  4. Stir, top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel.

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