This summer mojitos recipe combines the sweetness of figs with the classic flavors of the popular cocktail for a delicious excuse to sit back and enjoy the season, one slow sip at a time.
While figs are wonderful on their own, both fresh and dried, it’s always fun to diversify their uses. This recipe for a fresh fig mojito does just that – it takes a cocktail classic and introduces an even fresher, seasonally-apropos alternative.
Figs are a member of the mulberry family and grow on a Ficus tree. Their color and texture vary dramatically, depending on the environment in which they are grown. They are native to the Middle East and Asia and are highly prized for their appearance and health benefits across many cultures.
Figs are an excellent source of heart-healthy minerals potassium, magnesium, and calcium. With their fiber content, they help to improve the digestive system and overall regularity. Unlike most fruits, which lose nutrition when they are dried, figs are just as potent dried when fresh.
This mojitos recipe is so refreshing from the mint and lime, and with the addition of figs, it transforms into something beyond the ordinary — super chic and perfect for entertaining. If you are looking for a low-glycemic version of a mojito cocktail, try replacing the sugar with powdered stevia.
Fresh Fig Mojitos Recipe
makes one drink
1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
1/2 lime, cut into 4-5 wedges
10 mint leaves
1 ripe fig, washed and cut
Cane sugar (can replace with 1 packet powdered stevia for low-glycemic index version)
½ cup club soda
1 cup ice cubes
Muddle the lime, fig, mint and sugar in the bottom of a glass cup until the juices and oils are released. Fill the cup nearly to the top with ice. Add the rum and top it off with club soda. Stir and serve with a straw and wedge of lime.
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