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This strawberry basil mojito is by far the best mojito I have ever had. And I’m sure that when you try it, you will say the same too.

2 tall glasses with strawberry and basil mojito gasrrnished with basil sprigs

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a bowl of strawberries and a bouquet of basil

It’s not just that this cocktail combines three ingredients that I definitely adore. First, Ron de Venezuela, my beloved home country; strawberries, one of my favorite non-tropical fruits; and basil, an herb I couldn’t live without. Sweet strawberries give this mojito its beautiful, bright guava color. The surprising notes of basil on the palate make it simply irresistible. No doubt this is the perfect concoction for spring and summer.

A Signature’s Recipe

2 strawberry and basil mojitos and a bowl of strawberries

The creator of this concoction is Charlotte Voisey. Because she was the one who came up with the idea of innovating by mixing strawberries and basil with rum, I’m going to tell you about this mixologist. It is time for those of us who write about cocktails and enjoy sipping them, to honor bartenders and mixologists. After all, they are the ones who make every hour a happy hour. So here I go.

Charlotte is an outstanding London mixologist. She lives in New York City after having worked in London, Barcelona, and Buenos Aires. In New York, she runs the Kenmare bar in Soho. She also represents Hendrick’s gin from William Grant & Sons in the US.

2 strawberry and basil mojitos served in tall glasses

In 2002, she opened the Apartment 195 cocktail bar on King’s Road. That same year, Apartment 195 was chosen as London Bar of the Year. In 2004, she was recognized as Bartender of the Year in the UK. In 2006, she won the silver medal at the World Competition for Women Bartenders in Italy, and in 2008 her “Punch & Judy” was selected as the cocktail of the year by a panel of judges and mixologists peers at Tales of the Cocktail.

She is part of a movement that changed the face of mixology in London. Her creations, true signature drinks, are listed on the menus of the best bars around the world. In 2005, when she was still working in London, she created this strawberry basil mojito with Ron de Venezuela, specifically Santa Teresa Añejo (known in Venezuela as Gran Reserva).

How to Make Strawberry Basil Mojito

two strawberry basil mojitos ready

Thanks to modern mixology, it is not a sin anymore to use Premium rums to mix and shake. The first time I made this mojito, I made it with Santa Teresa Selecto, an extra-aged rum that is wonderful to mix.

When I made the video with the recipe (11 years after publishing this post) I did it with white rum, Bacardi to be exact, as it was the one I had on hand. However, I must clarify this cocktail was specially created for Añejo, which, incidentally, is an extraordinary rum to mix with fruits.

2 mojitos with strawberry and basil, served y high glasses

In addition to good rum and sweet seasonal strawberries, fresh basil is required to make this mojito. After I first prepared it in May 2010, we planted six additional basil plants, just to ensure a supply of fresh leaves at any time. Thank goodness we live in sunny Southern California and can have fresh basil from our own garden most of the year.

The original recipe omits the lemon. Strawberries, although sweet, provide the necessary acidity to this cocktail that is simply sublime in flavor and color. The author also suggests sugar for sweetening. I used artificial sweeteners at first but more recently I have opted for monk fruit which although it sweetens a little less than sugar, does not leave a bitter aftertaste and contains zero calories.

two strawberry basil mojitos

Besides the above mentioned ingredients, to make this recipe you’ll need the following:

Strawberry Basil Mojito Recipe

What follows is my version of Charlotte Voisey’s strawberry basil mojito. I hope you like it as much as I do. Thank you for subscribing to my YouTube channel and for visiting my Amazon store.

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Strawberry Basil Mojito

This is the most delicious mojito ever, perfect for spring and summer gatherings.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 110kcal

Ingredients

  • oz golden or white rum
  • 1 tablespoon Monk Fruit
  • 3 large strawberries cut into halves
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves
  • soda or carbonated water

Instructions

  • In the vase of an immersion blender, place the strawberries and puree.
  • Transfer the strawberry puree to a shaker, break up the basil leaves with your fingers and add them along with the monk fruit to the shaker.
  • Muddle all ingredients.
  • Add the rum, plenty of crushed ice, cover the shaker and shake vigorously, until the outside has condensed.
  • Strain and serve in a tall glass over crushed ice.
  • Complete with soda or carbonated water, stir and decorate with a sprig of basil and a strawberry.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Basil Mojito
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 131IU3%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Cocktails and Drinks
Keyword: Charlotte Voisey, how to make strawberry basil mojito, strawberry badil mojito recipe, strawberry basil mojito

I first published this post back on July 2010. Following are my first pictures.

Strawberry and Basil Mojito
Strawberry and Basil mojito, strawberries
Strawberry and Basil Mojito
strawberry and basil mojito
Strawberry and Basil mojito

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