strawberry basil mojito (and a giveaway!)

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Of the three drinks my sister, brother-in-law, and I made when I visited them, this was the unanimous favorite. While we really enjoyed the peachy keen and the watermelon-cucumber refresher, this is the one that we just couldn’t stop talking about. It all started with the perfectly ripe strawberries from the farmer’s market (it’s always a good sign when you smell the strawberries at the market before you even see them!), which we hit with some fresh basil, and topped off with some rum. It is hands down my new favorite drink.

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As I mentioned earlier, I was given a copy of DIY Cocktails to review and between one thing and another, well, it took me a little longer to get to this than I wanted.* Our house is well stocked with wine and some craft beers, but as for our liquor collection, let’s just say it has room for growth. As I flipped through the book initially, I kept thinking, well, that looks really good, but we don’t have any vermouth, or cognac, or brandy, etc. Another hurdle was that most of the recipes are given by ratios. I wanted to make mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby (told you I’ve been sitting on this book for a little while) and checked the recipe in DIY Cocktails, saw all the ratios, and then turned to my other cocktail book, 365 Cocktails: Mixers, Shakers, Shots: The Complete Bartender’s Guide instead. My math skills have gotten rusty since my last math class (11 years ago!) and mixing drinks wasn’t something I did a whole lot, and I just wanted someone to tell me how much of everything to use. I just wanted a drink, not to have to think! I had my doubts that this book was for me.

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Four drinks into DIY Cocktails (there was also the pina colada), I am now totally hooked. If you just want to know how to make a Manhattan and a Mai Thai, this book isn’t for you – you’re better off with a plain ol’ cocktail recipe book. If you want to make some really interesting and innovative cocktails on the other hand, I think you’ll really get a lot out of this book. The authors go into a lot of detail to explain the main components of  several different kinds of drinks and help you understand why those ratios work and how to tweak them to suit your own personal taste. And if you want to learn about making your own infused spirits, flavored liqueur substitutes (such as in the peachy keen), flavored syrups, bitters, or even your own maraschino cherries, then this book is definitely going to make you happy.

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Starting to want a copy of DIY Cocktails of your own so you you can try such tantalizing drinks as mango cilantro cooler, apple vanilla bourbon, blood-orange tequila & soda, and green mar-tea-ni? Well, you’re in luck! We’re doing our first ever giveaway on Pixelated Crumb!

Giveaway Details

One lucky reader will win a free copy of DIY Cocktails! This giveaway is open to USA residents and will be open until Friday, July 8th at 11:59 pm EST.

The winner will be selected on random.org on July 9th. The winner will be announced on Pixelated Crumb and I will send her/him an e-mail. Make sure your e-mail is correct, because you only have 48 hours to respond to claim your prize before another winner is chosen!

To enter the DIY Cocktails Giveaway

  • Write a comment below telling me about your favorite drink.

For Additional Entries

For more chances to win, complete one or more of the following steps and write a comment below for each extra entry (e.g. “I follow @pixelatedcrumb on Twitter!”). You get an extra chance to win with each entry!

  • Follow @pixelatedcrumb on Twitter
  • Tweet about the giveaway (be sure to include @pixelatedcrumb)
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* I was given a free copy of DIY Cocktails but was in no way obligated to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions stated above are my own. I actually liked the book enough to get my sister a copy for her birthday :).

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40 Responses to “strawberry basil mojito (and a giveaway!)”

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story Says:

    I am loving all these beautiful cocktails. Perfect to share before a holiday weekend. My favorite drink right now is a patron margarita!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story Says:

    I follow @pixelatedcrumb on Twitter!

  • Jamie Says:

    I love pretty much any fruity drink, and LOVE old fashions, but I mist say that a whiskey ginger (and no, not because of my hair) will always be my favorite drink.

  • Jamie Says:

    I subscribed to Pixelated Crumb via email!

  • Jamie Says:

    AND i “liked” Pixelated Crumb on Facebook!

  • Amanda Thompson Says:

    I prefer to drink IPA but my favorite cocktail would have to be either a Cosmo or a Washington Apple.

  • Amanda Thompson Says:

    I subscribe via email!

  • Jessica Says:

    THIS is my favorite drink! We made it last night, but with Haitian dark rum, not white rum. I can’t compare because I’ve never had the latter, but it is fantastic with dark rum.

  • Jacob Erickson Says:

    I prefer whiskey on the rocks, cause I’m a manly man. But, if I am going the cocktail route, i dig old fashions and tom collins.

  • Jacob Erickson Says:

    i liked pixelated crumb on facebook!

  • Steph Says:

    This looks great- I have been looking to try basil in a drink (I had been planning to make a basil simple syrup for iced tea, but this sounds more exciting). In the summer my favorite cocktail is either a dark and stormy, or sweet tea vodka with lemonade.

    • Kristen Says:

      I’ve got to say, I love basil in my drink! I’m also excited to try the mango cilantro cooler. It’s an herb I’ve never thought to put in my drink!

  • Alma Says:

    My favourite cocktail is an Old Fashioned because when I saw it on Mad Men, I decided to order one at a tucked-away bar in New Orleans. It was deeeelicious!

  • Alma Says:

    I subscribed via email!

  • bakerbynature Says:

    Strawberry and basil make a beautiful couple, especially in mojito form.

  • Rachel Says:

    Just that twist of savory in the sweet is so perfect!!

  • Emily Says:

    I’m a straight up Gin and Tonic girl myself, but this looks delicious! I’ll have to try it this summer for sure.

  • Amanda Says:

    Just bought a big basil plant, so this was clearly meant to be! I can’t wait to try it. This summer I’ve been drinking the “Vermontucky Lemonade” that showed up on Smitten Kitchen – maple syrup and bourbon and lemon juice. Very tasty.

  • Beverly Tomek Says:

    Mango cilantro sounds delicious. I can’t think of much that cilantro doesn’t go with. It’s one of my all time favorite flavors. I’ll have to try that drink!

    • Kristen Says:

      I’m a huge cilantro fan myself, although I’ve certainly never thought to put it in my drink. I’m really curious about that one and eager to try it!

  • Molly Says:

    Mmmm, they all look so good! I would love to win the book, we would have so much fun trying them all out!

  • Kathleen Says:

    I’m going to make this my favorite drink, too.

  • Michelle Says:

    I liked Pixelated Crumb on Facebook!!

  • Michelle Says:

    I also really would like to try that Piña Colada drink you posted earlier. This book looks good! Love your blog and you and your husband take amazing food photos!

  • Jan Says:

    I tend to gin and tonics in the summer, but I would like to try some more of these luscious sounding drinks!

  • Jill Ingram Says:

    I love the Strawberry Basil Mojito recipe but I need a reminder on how to make “simple syrup”–from a drink-mixing neophyte! (Just ask Jess about the terrible drink I fixed her once at our house).

    • Kristen Says:

      I’m so glad you mentioned that, because I meant to put it in the post! Simple syrup is in fact very simple to make. Just heat one part sugar and one part water in a pan on the stove until the sugar dissolves.Then let the syrup cool before adding to whatever drink you’re making. I’ve read that you can also make it by just shaking the sugar and water together in a sealed container, but I’ve never tried it that way. The advantage of that is that you don’t have to wait for it to cool, but I always worry that the sugar won’t dissolve enough.

  • Penny Says:

    After your great descriptions of these drinks, I can’t wait to get to our Farmers Market! Can’t wait to get mixing!!!

  • Marcia Simmons Says:

    Looks great! Other combinations I like: grapefruit + rosemary or peach + sage. It took me a bit to get on board with the ratios instead of exact measurements when I first started to study mixing. (Math isn’t my strong suit either) For a standard-size drink, it’s pretty safe to think 1 part = 1/2 ounce. It doesn’t get too challenging until you’ve had a few.

    As for simple syrup, shaking 1/2 water and 1/2 sugar works great … but it works best with superfine sugar (aka baker’s sugar or bartending sugar). Remember to add a little vodka to it to make it last longer in the fridge.

    Thanks again for the kind words about my book. Cheers!
    Marcia

    • Kristen Says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Marcia! Wow, I never would have thought to try either grapefruit + rosemary or peach + sage. What interesting combos! Time to try out some more drinks!

      Thanks also for the advice on making simple syrup without heating it up. It’s nice because you don’t have to turn on the stove on a hot day, and even more importantly, you can get straight to making drinks without waiting for the syrup to cool!

      Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Fran Says:

    I made the strawberry-basil mojito ages ago and loved it, but then yesterday when I saw peaches in the farmer’s market and… brainwave! Peach-basil mojitos!! The peach has a little less structural integrity than the strawberry, so it mushes into the drink just a tiny bit more, which is lovely. I think next time I make it, I’ll cut down on the lime juice a little though – it’s too much with the peach. But it makes me want to experiment with blackberries (my husband’s favorite!) or pineapple, which I bet would be great. Thank you so much for posting this! Love your blog!!

    • Kristen Says:

      What a fantastic idea! That sounds amazing and with peaches as amazing as they are right now, this is definitely the time to try it! I also really like the idea of mojitos with blackberries. I’ve also been thinking of making a gin and tonic with blackberries (and am now really craving one!).

  • Anne Murphy Says:

    These mojitos were absolutely AMAZING. Made them for girlfriends on a hot Sunday afternoon – they were perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ada Says:

    I made this tonight exactly as the recipe has it, but without the rum. Still really tasty!!

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