It might be July, but it’s never a bad time to start thinking about the holidays! Why not make this White Christmas Mojito? During the sweltering, dog days of summer, this frosty mojito will bring some jingle to your day.
Christmas in July? Who ever thought this should be a thing? Isn’t Christmas in December stressful enough!? Bah humbug!
I admit I can be a scrooge when it comes to Christmas. I don’t love decorating or buying gifts or making big meals. I do, however, love the cold weather, spending time with my family and friends, and enjoying a fun cocktail and some appetizers. That’s my idea of a perfect Christmas.
So when Chrissy suggested we do some “Christmas in July” cocktails for our Instagram, I set out to find something frosty and sweet to make.
The Origin of Christmas in July
The origin of Christmas in July is not entirely clear. Some say the movement started in Italy as a way to bring more Christmas spirit to the year and ironically celebrate a winter holiday in warmer temperatures. It’s also said that the idea can be attributed to a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina. They apparently held the “first” Christmas in July celebration in 1933 as a fun camp theme.
Christmas in July is used as a theme for summer sales, and as a reminder that we are just five months away from the holiday season!
So whether you go all-in and celebrate this non-holiday, or you just want to sit back and dream about cooler weather and vacation time, I hope this White Christmas Mojito brings you some joy.
White Christmas Mojito Recipe
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To make this wintry mojito, you’ll need mint leaves, fresh limes, simple syrup, coconut milk, and rum. I love sweetened vanilla coconut milk, but canned coconut milk also works great if you like it a little less sweet.
Start out by putting 8-10 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add one ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice and one ounce of simple syrup. Gently muddle these ingredients. Don’t crush the mint, just press firmly to release the oils of the leaves.
Add two ounces of rum and four ounces of coconut milk to the shaker. Add a few ice cubes, then shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. This will give your drink a lot of mint flavor and a nice, frothy texture.
Strain the mojito into a rocks glass with some fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and some pomegranate kernels for a festive touch!
This cocktail is frosty and minty and makes me think of waking up to a snowy, white Christmas! I can’t wait to make it for my family during the holidays. But until then, I’ll happily enjoy it by the pool all summer long!
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 oz light rum
- 4 oz coconut milk
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup and lime juice.
- Add ice, rum and coconut milk.
- Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and pomegranate kernels.
- Please drink responsibly!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275
Nutritional information is estimated and should only be used as a general guideline.
Related: No mint? Here’s how to make a mojito without mint!