What do you do when you’re effectively under house arrest due to massive flooding? Well, if you’re me (and you have a few evacuated house guests as well), you make six batches of soap in three days and then start inventing cocktails. I had enough fresh mint that we immediately thought mojitos, but I wanted to add a twist (I also didn’t have any soda water). From there was born the Mosquito Mojito, named by one of my house guests for all the little flying vampires the flooding gave birth to.

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Instead of sugar, I wanted raw honey. I had lots on hand from Beeland, and I was eager to play with my new toys (yes, I would love to receive a case of raw honey for Christmas, in case you were wondering). I began by muddling fresh mint leaves with spoonfuls of honey, and then blending in the rum and lime juice.

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Next up, ice and San Pellegrino (instead of soda water), and finish it off with a sprig of mint. The resulting drink is fresh, sweet, and tangy, with beautiful green bits of mint floating about. Perfect for flood-induced house arrest!

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Mosquito Mojitos

5 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
2–4 tsp raw honey, depending on taste

30mL (1oz) white rum
Juice from half a lime

Crushed ice
San Pellegrino, to top up (or some other sparkling water)

Muddle the mint leaves together with the honey in the bottom of a glass.

Mix in the lime juice and gin, and muddle everything together.

Fill the glass with crushed ice and top off with sparkling water.

Garnish with a mint sprig and enjoy!

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