The inspiration for this cocktail was simple and straightforward. It came in a small box in the form of an assortment of Routin 1883 Syrups. Add a bottle of Dragon Berry Rum a colleague gave me for Christmas and the general idea was born. Coming up with a name for it on the other hand, was not so easy.
I deliberated a while trying to decide what to name this variation of a very traditional Cuban cocktail, the Mojito. That is, until I Googled “dragon fruit”, one of the ingredients in the rum.
I of course, had heard of dragon fruit before but, honestly didn’t recall eating it. At least not recently, nor here in the US.
That all changed once I landed on the wiki page for Dragon Fruit. What…? No way, dragon fruit is actually a Pitaya…? It wasn’t until that very moment when my brain associated the two. —Pitaya happens to be a very common fruit in Mexico.
My dilemma was instantly resolved, I simply correlated the commonalities between the ingredients in this cocktail and myself. We are both a combination Cuban and Mexican influences, so I decided to name it after me. After all, I also happened to come up with it. So why not?
I give you the refreshingly fruity Josie Mojito…
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- ½ ounce lime juice
- ¼ ounce Routin 1883 strawberry syrup
- ¼ ounce Routin 1883 passion fruit syrup
- 2 ounces Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
- 3 ounces (approx.) club soda
- 1 lime wedge, optional for garnish
- Muddle mint leaves, lime juice and flavored syrups in a highball glass. Fill highball glass halfway with ice. Add rum and top with club soda. Stir well.
- Garnish with lime wedge if desired.