Traditional formulas were a significant source of inspiration for bartenders in the early years of the cocktail renaissance. The Mojito, in particular, proved to be a fruitful template to riff on, spawning such classics as the Gin-Gin Mule, the Old Cuban and this, the Juniperotivo: a straightforward mixture of gin, lime and muddled mint, with the unexpected addition of pomegranate syrup, which would further the trend of fresh ingredients and culinary inspired cocktails.
- 4 large mint leaves
- 1 1/2 ounces Junipero, or other gin
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 ounce pomegranate syrup
Garnish: mint leaves
- In mixing glass, using a spoon, crush two mint leaves in the simple syrup, and add gin, lime juice and pomegranate syrup.
- Pour into ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
- To garnish, float the two remaining mint leaves on surface of drink.