peach + mint mojitos

I am realizing that if I wait for the “perfect” time to sit down and compose a post {or do anything, for that matter}, that moment may never happen.  Well, here I am – another cocktail post, and another day closer to a finished kitchen!  The kitchen is still unusable, so that means donating surplus vegetables to friends, still washing dishes in the bathroom sink, and striving to make the fastest and easiest-to-clean-up summer treats.  We have done a lot of eating out lately, and I am actually ready for a full-on cleanse of some sort very soon.  I have found that simply selecting a glass, grabbing my muddler, and making a trip to the garden or the store have made some of the most delicious summer cocktail moments of the summer…nice respites in the midst of some serious chaos.

Ingredients for the It’s All Just Peachy Mojito

  • 1 peach, pitted, and sliced (into, maybe, ten pieces)
  • juice from one lime
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 1.5 ounces rum (spiced or white – I used 10 Cane, one of my favorites)
  • club soda

Steps for making the It’s All Just Peachy Mojito

  1. In a mixing tin, muddle the peach slices, lime juice, raw sugar, and mint leaves.
  2. Pour in rum and a few ice cubes.
  3. Shake the tin to incorporate.
  4. Pour into a tall or “collins” glass.
  5. Top with more ice.
  6. Finish with soda water.
  7. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  8. Sit back, deeply sigh, think of something you’re grateful for, and take a long, slow sip.

The spearmint and peppermint were sourced from the backyard garden today, and the peaches were picked a day ago in Palisade, Colorado, where the peaches are in season.  I love the fruit from Ela Family Farms; I have been enjoying their produce for several years, here in Colorado.  If you need to find a farmers’ market or a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in your state, check out Local Harvest.  I found the very first CSA I subscribed to, back in 2008, on this very website.  My life was never the same.

So many bartenders and mixologists deride mojitos and other muddled drinks because of their cumbersome nature, when, in fact, these drinks have so much flavor and character!  Bring on the muddling and get rid of some pent-up stress!  Speaking of ridding oneself of stresses, we finished laying the floor tile in the kitchen this afternoon.  The process took over six hours.  Tomorrow, we grout and clean up the excess mortar.  I am beyond excited!!!  I just realized that I have never taken a photo from or of my kitchen for this blog; I would always shoot outside or seriously crop.  A detailed before-and-after post in the near future is necessary for some perspective.  Closing with some shots from this week’s garden and tonight’s kitchen…

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Jayme Henderson

I am a sommelier-turned-farmer, who recently moved to Colorado's Western Slope to become a full-time grower of grapes and maker of wine. My husband, Steve, and I own and live on a vineyard, where we craft high-elevation white wine and rosé under our label, The Storm Cellar. I enjoy freelance writing and photography, and I am currently the cocktail columnist for Colorado's Spoke+Blossom magazine. I love playing with our two cats, gardening, mixing drinks, finding (and sipping!) great sparkling wine, cooking, playing the piano, and hiking.

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11 Comments

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    jeweledfrogcreations

    August 6, 2013

    Love this idea for a drink!! You’ll have to make a real cool one for the toast to the finished kitchen!!

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      jayme marie

      August 8, 2013

      I will definitely do that, Edie…it would be great to share it with you, too! XO!!!!

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    GG's Handmade Gifts

    August 6, 2013

    Well, thanx for that! 🙂 We need fresh ideas in the heat of the summer. Good luck with the works that remain and, of course, cheers! 🙂

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      jayme marie

      September 9, 2013

      Thank you so much for the luck! I can’t believe I didn’t respond to your comment earlier; the kitchen has been calling! 😉 From the looks of your blog, you have had plenty of “fresh ideas” this summer. Love your colorful expressions!

      • GG's Handmade Gifts

        September 15, 2013

        Thank you very much! You don’t have to answer every comment, of course. We are fgollowing your blog, so just keep posting 🙂

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    kimbengali

    August 7, 2013

    What a great blog you have! Awesome pictures and very usable info! Thanks! I’m a fan

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      jayme marie

      September 9, 2013

      Kimberly, thank you so much for your comment. I am a little late responding, but I am so glad that you found some usable information and enjoyed yourself here! I am looking forward very much to reading more of what you have to say. All the very best!

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    Gail Henderson

    August 8, 2013

    Beautiful pics!

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      jayme marie

      August 8, 2013

      Thanks, Marm! The kitchen is coming along nicely, and the garden just keeps on producing, despite the other demands. Love you!

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    Batya

    September 8, 2013

    Thank you, thank you for commenting on my blog…because now I’ve discovered you! I’m adding you to my feed, as this blog is awesome (with such beautiful photos). And just for the record, cocktail posts are the best. I kind of do the same thing. I have awesome produce (i.e. Berry Patch Farm berries, or Palisade Peaches) and my first though is, “Hey, what kind of alcohol compliments this season’s bounty!” Love it!

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      jayme marie

      September 9, 2013

      Batya, you are so welcome! Your blog is amazing and very informative for the Denverite, who’s on a mission for stimulating visits and adventures. Thank you for the support…and the mutual love of cocktail posts! I am overdue a visit to Berry Patch Farms this year. It is not too late! Most likely, we will accidentally meet one chance day, while shopping at Hazel & Dewey!

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