The calendar may suggest otherwise, but the mugginess outside tells us summer is still here in Washington. So what better time to grab a mojito—the quintessential summer cocktail? Occidental Grill & Seafood, the historic Washington dining room just a short walk from the White House, has a tasty version of this drink that’s easy (and cheap!) to recreate at home: The bottle of Goulart Rosé Spanish Cava, used to top off the drink and give it distinctive taste and red tint, is just $18 at most liquor stores.
Check out our video below to find out how to make this refreshing drink—or stop by the Occidental for the mojito ($12). The recipe is after the jump.
Goulart Sparkling Mojito
Lawrence von Weigel, Occidental Grill & Seafood
3 pieces of fresh lime, plus more for garnish
3 springs of fresh mint leaves, plus one more for garnish
2 ounces Cruzan rum
1½ ounces simple syrup (for a recipe on how to make simple syrup, click here)
Splash soda water
Splash Goulart Rosé Spanish Cava
Muddle fresh lime and mint leaves in a pint glass. Add rum and simple syrup. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Add splash of soda water. Pour into a fresh pint glass until just one inch below rim. Top with Goulart Rosé. Garnish with mint and lime.