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Taste it, Now make it! French Mojito

Whenever I travel, I try to seek out good places to eat. The positive sides of this are endless: finding places to return to, having the best meals I can, trying new things…but the negative side is, you can only experience that first dish once, and usually it’s a while before you can experience it a second time, depending on how far away the destination is. So, I’ve decided to launch a series where I attempt to replicate dishes from my favourite places, to fill in the interim before I can return.

The first taste I’m working on is the French Mojito, from The Middle Spoon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you have any kind of sweet tooth, this is the place for you. It is a haven of cocktails and cakes. I went 2 nights in a row on my last visit to Nova Scotia, and I’m sure there are multiple trips in my future. I think it’s one of the best things to happen to Halifax’s restaurant scene. The Middle Spoon combines delicious desserts with craft cocktails using only the freshest ingredients, and everything on their menu is a memorable item.


I tried the French Mojito with the Peanut Butter Pie on my first visit, and both were heavenly. However, it was the French Mojito that really stood out. A combination of raspberries, lime and mint with the faintest hint of rosewater, it tasted both refreshing and elegant. I knew I had to attempt it upon my return to Ottawa. So here it is, my version of the Middle Spoon’s French Mojito.


1/2 lime, quartered

a small handful of fresh mint

a small handful of raspberries (about 15 small or 8 large raspberries)

1/4 teaspoon sugar


1/4 teaspoon rosewater

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord

a splash of club soda or, ideally, soda water from a siphon

In a highball glass, muddle together the mint, lime, raspberries and sugar. Add 2 to 3 ice cubes and set aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rosewater, vodka, and raspberry liqueur and shake until your hands feel too cold.

Strain into the glass with the muddled fruit. Stir slightly, add a splash of soda water, and serve.

Makes 1 mojito.


Strawberry-Basil Lemonade


This is the drink that inspired my Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Cupcakes. This is a really refreshing, delicious drink to have around on a hot day.

1 cup granulated sugar

6 – 8 cups water, divided

a handful of fresh basil leaves

1 cup puréed strawberries

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Add the sugar and 2 cups of the water to a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a rapid simmer and the sugar has dissolved, about 7 to 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the basil leaves, and cover the saucepan. Let steep for 10 minutes, then check the flavour of the simple syrup. If you don’t taste enough basil in it, steep for 5 to 10 minutes more and check again. Measure out 1 cup of the syrup.

In a large pitcher, combine the strawberry purée, the lemon juice, and 1 cup of the basil syrup. Stir to combine. Add 4 cups water and taste. Pour in additional water if the flavour is too strong. Chill until cold and serve over ice.