Jonathan Benoliel, Bartender at The Modern Pantry, serves up a romantic twist on the traditional Cuban cocktail in this rose mojito recipe. Made with a rose-infused syrup and a sprinkling of dried rose petals to serve, this cocktail is perfect treat for your Valentine

First make the rose syrup. Place the sugar and water in pan and bring to the boil. Add the dried rose petals and reduce until you are left with 250ml of syrup with a rich rose colour - approximately 2/3
Cut the lime into small wedges and add to a glass with the mint leaves and sugar - muddle gently. Fill up half of the glass with crushed ice and add the rum
Crushed ice
To make crushed ice at home, wrap ice cubes in a tea towel and break down with a rolling pin or meat mallet. This can be done in advance and kept in the freezer until required
Stir and add more crushed ice, then pour over 20ml of rose syrup and top up with soda
Mojito twist
For a spicy twist on the mojito, simply replace the soda water with ginger beer or ginger ale
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Rose mojito

Rose syrup - makes 250ml

  • 25g of dried rose petals
  • 500ml of water
  • 250g of sugar


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The addition of a rose syrup and petals to a classic mojito make this a must-have Valentine's Day cocktail