Martian Sunrise Mojito by Matthew Heston & Megan Werling

Martian Sunrise Mojito by Matthew Heston


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Martian Sunrise Mojito

Mars wasn’t there during the Big Bang [source needed]. But the Big Bang definitely is responsible for Mars’s existence, in a really roundabout kind of way, so really anything (including a Martian Sunrise) can be tied to the Big Bang. This is the subtext of that show The Big Bang Theory but no one is deep enough intellectually to like, really get it, man. Anyway, here we pair the sumptuous rich flavor of red pomegranate with the fresh, light taste of a classic mojito.

  1. Ingredients:
    1. ½ cup-ish ice
    2. 3 oz pomegranate juice
    3. 3 oz Hard Truth White Rum
    4. ¾ oz key lime juice
    5. ¾ oz simple syrup
    6. 6 mint leaves (EXACTLY SIX. DON’T SCREW THIS UP)
    7. Club Soda
    8. Pomegranate Arils (those little nugget things inside a pomegranate. Yes, you have to go buy one. It looks like a red hand grenade.)
    9. Lime slice
    10. Nice tall mint sprig
  2. Procedure:
    1. Fill a Mason Jar halfway with ice.
    2. Pour the 3 oz of Pomegranate Juice over the ice and allow to settle at the bottom of the glass. This provides the “Sunrise” effect and should be preserved at all costs.
    3. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the simple syrup, the mint leaves, and the key lime juice.
    4. Layer the muddled mixture over the pomegranate juice. You can keep the mint leaves in if you want; I took them out for presentation but they’re fine still in the drink as long as they don’t interfere with the sunrise.
    5. Pour the Hard Truth White Rum in next, slowly, such that the White Rum does not upset all that careful work you’ve done keeping the other ingredients from fully mixing and ruining your nice sunrise.
    6. Fill to the top of the glass with Club Soda. Not too quickly, or it’ll mess up the sunrise.
      1. Pro tip: Don’t do things fast. Sunrise.
    7. Finally, top with the pomegranate arils, a mint sprig, and the lime slice.
    8. Take your pictures for the ‘Gram and your friends that don’t care but say “Nice!” anyway, then feel free to mix up the drink. This next phase represents a “Martian Sandstorm Mojito”.
    9. Enjoy!

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