My daughter went to see Madonna's debut of W.E., a story of a woman in 1998 who is infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson.
She was able to catch a glimpse of Madonna live and was impressed with how gracious she was. (Unlike the bizarre reports of her making people look at the wall.. - do you remember when the news reported facts instead of gossip?)
All this excitement calls for a drink, does it not? Before we Canadians get into our fall and winter fare, we need to celebrate the end of summer for as long as possible.
Strawberry Mint Mojito
This refreshing and sweet cocktail is perfect for a summer day, bridal shower or late weekend brunch.
1 1/2 tablespoons mint-infused simple syrup
3 large strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
5 fresh mint leaves, more for garnish
1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) white rum
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup club soda
Mint-infused simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves
In a small bowl or glass, muddle the simple syrup, strawberries, and fresh mint leaves until just fragrant. Add a handful of ice to an old-fashioned glass. Pour the strawberry mixture over the ice. Pour in the white rum and lime juice. Add the club soda. Gently stir the drink. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.
Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar and bring to the boil. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and pour syrup over mint leaves. Infuse for 20 minutes. Strain and discard mint and store syrup in the refrigerator.
Makes 1 drink