Summertime means sun-drenched patios and pitchers of refreshing, thirst quenching cocktails. One of my favourite places for cocktails is Guu, a local chain of Japanese izakayas. I really like Japanese cocktails-they tend to be lighter on the alcohol and there’s a big focus on fresh flavours.
The other day, Mike and I went to Guu for some snacks and a pitcher of Tokyo Mojitos. Tokyo mojitos are essential the same as regular mojitos with a couple of substitutes: sake instead of rum and ramune instead of club soda.
Ramune is a super-popular carbonated Japanese lemon-lime soda. It’s light, refreshing and not too sweet. It comes in a glass bottle sealed with a marble and to open it, you use the plastic opening tool provided to push the marble down. My bottles were a little shook up on the way home so there was a lot of fizzy exploding in the kitchen.
One of the benefits of this recipe (aside from the fact that you can consume massive amounts without getting as drunk as having rum mojitos) is that you don’t need to create any simple syrup. The ramune is sweet enough that you won’t need any added sugar.
Tokyo mojitos are fizzy, lightly sweetened, minty-lime goodness. They’re definitely one of my new summer go-to cocktails.
In a pitcher, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice. If you don’t have a muddler, make sure you tear the mint leaves to release their mint flavour. Add the sake and ramune to the pitcher and stir well. Add ice and enjoy!
*Ramune should be available in most Asian grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can substitute simple syrup to taste and club soda. The mojito won’t have the same flavour, but the sake does add a different flavour.