Dear SOS: I'm not a big drinker, but there's a cocktail that Akasha Restaurant in Culver City makes that could make me a convert. It's called a Ruby Red Mojito, made with pink grapefruit juice. I've tried versions at other restaurants, but they're not as good as Akasha's. I'd love to serve this to friends on game night and would be delighted if you could get Akasha to give you its recipe.
Dear Katherine: Bright and refreshing, Akasha's mojito combines fresh grapefruit juice with lime, rum, a touch of agave syrup for sweetness and club soda for a little fizz. It's an easy choice, whether you're thinking game night or simply warding off the summer heat. (A virgin version of the drink works equally well for kids.) Akasha Richmond was happy to share the recipe, which we've adapted below.
Akasha's Ruby Red Mojito
5 minutes. Serves 1
2 wedges lime
2 to 3 teaspoons agave syrup, or to taste
1/4 cup white rum, preferably Crusoe organic
1/4 cup freshly squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice
Additional fresh mint and lime wedge for garnish
Place mint, lime and agave syrup (about 2 to 3 teaspoons, or to taste) in a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the juice. Place ice in a beverage shaker and add mint mixture, rum and grapefruit juice. Shake well and serve over ice in a highball glass. Top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint.
Carbohydrates 8 grams
Sodium 2 mgCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times