- 1/4 cup gold or aged rum
- 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 6 mint leaves
- 1/3 cup spiced apple cider
- cinnamon sticks, apple slices and mint sprigs, for garnish
This is how I drink mojitos during winter in New York: local apple cider, warm winter spices like cinnamon and clove, fresh mint, and limes. It's a seasonal twist on the drink that so often fills my glass throughout the sweltering summer months. And while I still (and will always) prefer sweltering to freezing, it's a lovely way to help the frigid months go by!
Technique tip: Muddling helps release the juices and flavorful natural oils from the lime and mint leaves. If you don't have a muddler, use the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula for the same effect.
Swap option: Use a spiced rum for additional warm flavors.
In the bottom of a tall cocktail glass, combine rum, lime wedges, and mint leaves. Use a wooden muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to mash together for a few seconds.
Add ice, then pour in apple cider until it reaches the top. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slices, and a sprig of mint.