Is there any flavour that invokes the tropics more than coconut? This Vomo Island mojito is the perfect start to a summer’s eve.
2 cups water
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup sugar
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
15ml coconut syrup
30ml white coconut rum or vodka, or Malibu liqueur
15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
soda water, to taste
lime slices and extra mint leaves, to garnish
Coconut syrup: Put the water, coconut and sugar in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off the heat and leave for 2 hours to infuse.
Strain the syrup well through a sieve (the leftover coconut can be used to make Mango Coconut Ice Cream)
Store the coconut syrup in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to use (makes 1¼ cups).
Coconut mojitos: Put the mint leaves and coconut syrup in a glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add the rum and lime juice, stir well and top up with soda water. Garnish with lime and extra mint leaves.