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Fauxjitos and Huevos Rancheros Faux-Mojito with Huevos Rancheros


Sweet and Sour Faux-Mojito 

Inspired by warm weather and a special appearance by our Giesen Riesling on the Today Show featuring Leslie Sbrocco, here’s our new favourite wine cocktail ‒ the faux-mojito, or fauxjito (pronounced foe-HE-toe).

The recipe demonstrated on the Today show was simply a glass of Giesen Riesling, a dash of lime juice, and a couple leaves of fresh mint (spanked to release aromas).

But what if you want to serve up a carafe (or pitcher) for your thirsty friends? Below is our solution – a wine cocktail version of the fauxjito.

Shopping List

1 bottle Giesen Riesling

120mL (1/2 cup) lime juice, freshly squeezed or packaged

12 fresh mint leaves, or more to suit your taste

Lime wedges and sugar for garnish

Lower alcohol option: add up to 360 mL (1.5 cups) sparkling water, to taste

Mix It Up

Rim wine glass or tumbler with lime wedge and dip rim in sugar. Set aside.

Place Riesling, lime juice, and mint leaves in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to crush mint leaves.

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, just pulse in a blender for a couple of seconds.

Pour into prepared sugar-rimmed glass and enjoy!

Food Pairing

Of course, no great drink is complete without the perfect food pairing, and the sweet/sour flavours of your fauxjito will pair beautifully with the spicy, fresh dish known as huevos rancheros.

Mexican ‘Rancher’s Eggs’ A Texas-style Mexican classic, this dish is essentially classy breakfast burritos.  According to Jamie Oliver, “The Mexican name for this dish is ‘huevos rancheros’ and not only is it a breakfast for champions, it’s also the ultimate hangover cure. ”

Jamie rates his huevos rancheros recipe as easy, and he even includes making fresh salsa. The best part ‒ this dish is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, second dinner… you name it!

Grab some tortillas (corn are best, if available), eggs, cheese, pinto or black beans (optional), tomatoes or salsa, an avocado, and some fresh coriander (cilantro).  Spanish sausage (chorizo) and onions can be added for an extra kick, alongside jalapeno peppers.

Simply warm the tortillas, fry up the sausage and onions, prepare the eggs how you prefer, and roll it all up like a burrito or serve flat like tapas. Top with cheese, tomatoes/salsa, coriander, and sliced avocado.

If you want to take this dish one step further, serve it alongside steamed rice and a bottle of your favourite hot sauce: Delicioso!