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
- 2 ounces light rum or cachaca
- Juice of 1 lime
- 4-6 green shiso mint leaves
- 2 tsp sugar
- Dash of key lime or yuzu juice
- Ginger ale
- Lime wheel for garnish
- Place the sugar, lime juice, and mint into a highball glass.
- Muddle until sugar is dissolved and mint leaves are broken, releasing their flavor.
- Add rum and key lime or yuzu juice and fill the glass with ice.
- Stir, top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel.
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