Happy (Hour) Friday!

Hooray! We made it through another week. If you are looking for a twist on a classic to kick off your weekend, try a Montemojito! I stumbled upon this on a cocktail menu and it sounded so good, I had to try it at home. We were turned on to Amaro at our favorite pizza place in town. It is so fun to see how each one is unique with a blend of herbs creating harmonious floral and bitter notes. It is the perfect way to end a meal. When I saw this as the substitute for rum in a Mojito, I just knew it would be the perfect thing.

The Amaro used here is a favorite of mine: Amaro Montenegro. If you love a good story, te history of Montenegro is a good one…over 130 years ago, a noble citizen of Bologna, Stanislao Cobianchi, left home in search of adventure. He found his adventure by tasting his way through the Balkans and returning home to open a distillery. He decided to dedicate his perfected spirit to the second Queen of Italy, Princess Elena of Montenegro in celebration of her marriage to Victor Emmanuel III, the current sovereign of the time. It is now the #1 Amaro in Italy. Cheers!

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Montemojito

1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

2 Parts Montenegro (or your favorite Amaro)

1 t Sugar

4 Mint Leaves

Club Soda (I used Lime LaCroix)

Crushed Ice

Add lime juice, sugar and mint leaves to the bottom of a tall glass. Muddle ingredients together to combine well and release the oil in the mint leaves. Top with crushed ice and add Amaro, fill with club soda. Garnish with lime and mint. Enjoy!

Kelly

**All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post. All products mentioned are things I love and use in my own kitchen.

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