This refreshing vodka mojito is one of my favorites but what really sets it apart is the Li Hing powder rim. So what is it, exactly?
This red powder is derived from the ground-up plum skin of Li Hing Mui (a Chinese salty, dried plum). Super popular in Hawaii, I had my first taste on a vacay in Kauai and bought/brought a giant bag of this gloriousness home with me. It’s a tad salty, sweet and sour – & the flavor will guarantee you make as odd of faces as we do weekly on Vanderpump Rules. I love to rim my cocktails, or even add it to them when I want my sugar fix! You can also sprinkle it over sweet treats for a tangy twist.
As always, I prefer Tito’s Vodka because it is made from corn and has a much more mild taste than vodka made from barley. A grape or potato vodka will work well, too! CHEERS!
Li Hing Pomjito:
½ lime, cut into wedges
2 oz. vodka (preferably yellow corn vodka)
1.5 oz. pomegranate juice
2 tsp. cane sugar
10-12 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 lemon wedge
1 cup ice
2 tbsp. Li Hing powder
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
1. Generously run a lime wedge along the rim of a Collins glass. Pour the Li Hing powder onto a saucer. With the glass upside down, dip the rim into the powder until coated.
2. Muddle mint, sugar, lemon and lime wedges in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
3. Add ice, vodka and pomegranate juice to shaker and shake it like you mean it! (Shake energetically)
4. Pour contents of shaker into the Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and pomegranate seeds.