Mojitos… what do mojitos make you think of? Summer, bathing suits, rum? For me, it’s a standard mojito that I once ordered at an overpriced Cuban’eqsue bar in Baltimore. A spot where I recall years back hanging with my good friend John sipping minting sugary drinks from a pitcher. Located in a more “bro-dude” part of town, I remember my tom-boy ways, always comparing myself to all the tanned, tiny, sorority type of girls adorned in pastel dresses and beige high heals. Running my fingers through my short pixie hair and looking down at my cutoffs and chucks, I say to John, “compared to all of these pretty girls, guys like “that” would never go for a girl like me.” “Erin (!!), you’d never go for guys like that.” Bam, I knew he was absolutely correct, but my self doubt and body consciousness was still at question. Things have changed, I now realize that I too am and always have been a “pretty” girl. I highlight this quick memory for Body Positivity Week. OK, onto this super sexy jelly…
By this point in the season your strawberry inundation is probably starting to wind down. Right? No, here in Lil’ House land, Durham we still have tons of berries popping up every day, huge ones! Colander, scissors, flashlight… Flashlight? Yes, unlike normal people, I apparently think it’s a great idea to pick strawberries in the dark.. in my pjs, which led to an awkward run in with my uber hot neighbor. Paired with a handful of garden fresh mint, I rewarded myself with a strawberry rum filled mojito (see photo). Sitting there sipping, I instantly remembered the mojito jelly I put up a couple years back. Funny, reading that blog post I actually thought I was going to sit still in New Hampshire for a while, I moved less than a year later… Anyways, this strawberry mojito jelly turned out quite refreshing. I may have gone a bit overboard with the mint, but I personally enjoy the taste. Cheers!
- 1 cup fresh strawberry juice/puree
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 3-1/2 cups water
- 5 cups white sugar
- 1 cup mint
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 12 ounces liquid pectin
- drop or 2 of peppermint extract (very optional)
- In a large-sized pot combine mint leaves and water. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. When the time is up strain the leaves and reserve the water. Return mint infused water to pot, bring to a boil, and cook down to 3 cups of water.
- Add strawberry, lime juice, sugar, and lemon zest then bring to a boil. Stir in liquid pectin, return to a boil and cook (rapid boil) for 1 minute. Remove pot from heat.
- Pour jelly into hot and sterilized jars leaving approx. a 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings (finger tight), and then process the jars for 10 minutes in a hot water bath. Remove jars from canner and let cool on a folded towel for 12-24 hours.