Aspen Times Weekly: Mountain Mojito |

Aspen Times Weekly: Mountain Mojito


1-1/2 oz Montanya platinum rum (for cocktail)

1/2 oz lime juice

1/2 oz agave

1/2 oz blood orange purée

4 fresh mint leaves (Leyvas pulls his from the garden at The Little Nell)

Splash of soda water

Muddle the mint along with the lime juice and agave in a Collins glass, add ice and the rest of the ingredients, top with soda water. Garnish with fresh mint.

When it comes to summertime sipping, there is nothing — and I mean nothing — better than a cocktail made with fresh ingredients. The Little Nell’s Mountain Mojito fits the bill perfectly. Poured with precision by Nell chief mixologist Ricardo Leyvas, this unique twist on the standard mojito blends together fresh lime juice and blood orange purée with agave (no simple syrup here) and fresh mint. The mint — plucked as the drinks are being poured right from The Little Nell’s lush onsite garden summer — is both muddled in the drink and served as a garnish. It is, to quote Leyvas, “what a summer drink should be.” Insider tip: Join the Nell for their free Weekly Garden Tour, every Friday at 4 p.m., to drink in the freshness and try a Mountain Mojito for yourself ($10/cocktail or $7/mocktail).

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