Debbie and I love mojitos. There is something about them that is so freeking refreshing on a hot summer day. The mint and the lime with a sparkle 😉 In the summer we both make sure we have a large crop of mint growing on our decks! You can make Mojitos in many different ways, but they absolutely have to have mint and lime!
While we will always love the original, we try to change it up once in a while. A while back we tried a Bing Cherry Mojito, which was delicious! This time we went a little more on the citrus side with Grapefruit and Pineapple Vodka. We wanted to try this drink with Vodka because we wanted to see if it would work alright in a Mojito instead of Rum. We always have Vodka in the liquor cabinet, but not always Rum. I guess this really should be called a Vojito, but no one would know what the heck that was so Mojito it is…lol.
We used our Pineapple Vodka that we made a little while back as another way to use this fantastic homemade vodka. If you haven’t tried this yet and you’re a Pineapple fan, you should. It really tastes like Pineapple! But you could also use regular vodka or another store bought flavored vodka.
The most special part of this Grapefruit Mojito is the Champagne or Sparkling Wine we used in place of the usual club soda. Champagne makes everything a little more special doesn’t it? 😉 Actually, I think to be correct, we made this with Sparkling Wine. Did you know that only bubbles made from grapes that come from the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne? Otherwise, producers are not legally allowed to use the name. Champagne actually has quite the history. In the 1500’s it was called “the Devil’s Wine” because it was created by accident and corks would pop off or bottles would explode! I guess someone got brave and decided to give it a taste.
Anyways, it tastes amazing in this Grapefruit Pineapple Mojito! Just gives it that extra special kick.
Champagne Grapefruit Pineapple Mojito
- 4 or 5 Mint leaves
- 2 oz Pineapple Vodka (or regular Vodka)
- 2 oz fresh Grapefruit Juice
- 1 tbsp Agave Nectar (or Simple Syrup)
- 1/2 Lime , juiced
- 4 oz Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- Place the mint, vodka, grapefruit juice, agave nectar, and lime into a glass (a tall glass works best for this drink)
- Using a muddler, muddle the mint with the other ingredients making sure to mash the mint leaves up pretty good to release their flavor.
- Fill your glass up with ice and then top off the drink with bubbly!
- Give it a stir and serve.
We often make a jug of Mojitos. If you do this, use all the ingredients except for the Champagne. And don't put ice in the jug. When you make a drink, fill a glass with ice and pour some mix, leaving room at the top and then finish it with the Champagne.