Grilled Lemon And Green Tea Mojito

All week long I have been rubbing my Bali escape in your faces.  But don’t worry, I am here to make amends with a cocktail recipe that is sure to fly you to Tropical South East Asia –if only in your mind.  This is a twist on a classic mojito featuring anejo (aged) rum and features a decidedly Asian ingredient, Sencha green tea.  Like all the cocktails on North On Harper, my husband Lukus created the Grilled Lemon And Green Tea Mojito.

Grilled Lemon And Green Tea mojito

Grilled Lemon And Green Tea Mojito

1.5 oz Anejo Rum (go ahead and pick your favorite brand)
Handful of Mint Leaves
2 Grilled Lemon Wheels
½ oz Honey
Brewed and cooled Sencha Green Tea (enough to fill glass)
Crushed Ice


Mint Leaf
Crushed Ice

1.  Gently muddle the mint, lemon and honey (you want to bruise the mean and extract the lemon juice, but not leave them looking like they’ve been through a war) in highball glass.
2.  Add rum and top with crushed iced. (Tip: compact the crushed iced so that when you get to the next step it won’t melt as fast)
3.  Poor green tea over ice and stir.
4.  Top with additional crushed ice and mint leaf.  Add the straw and serve.

I hope you find the Grilled Lemon And Green Tea Mojito as refreshing as I do!  Remember to have it handy when I share photos of Bali next week — I want you to feel like you are there with me…

Cocktail Class: The Spicy Blackberry Margarita

I haven’t shared a recipe in forever- and that is a shame, because I really do enjoy cooking and baking and creating in the kitchen.  At our home my husband is the bartender- in fact when we first met he was a bartender!  These days he works in management in the hotel industry, but he still can make a mean drink.  So mean that I have enlisted his help in creating this post.  I wanted a recipe that would be perfect for enjoying these hot days with a bit of an unexpected wow factor.  Fortunately Lukus had created just the cocktail.   So without further ado: The Spicy Blackberry Margarita.

Spicy Blackberry Margarita

Ingredients (per drink):
2 Blackberries
3 Lemon slices
2 Lime slices
1 Lime wheel
1 Red Chili slice
1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
½ oz Cointreau
¼ oz Simple Syrup

– In a cocktail shaker muddle blackberries, lemon and lime slices and chili.
– Add Tequila, Cointreau and Simple Syrup.
– Shake with ice.
– Rim rocks glass with salt.
– Strain mixture into rocks glass over fresh ice.
– Garnish with lime wheel.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy the last few weeks of summer!  I promise the Spicy Blackberry Margarita will be the perfect accouterment.

Derby Delicacies

I can’t believe I let the Kentucky Derby pass us by without writing a word!  Well that changes now.

For those of you unfamiliar with the customs surrounding the Derby, you should know that the millinery is almost as important as the horse racing.  So much so that there is as much time dedicated to people watching as there is to following the race!

Here are some of my favorite looks from this year’s event:

Photo: Churchill Downs, via

Photo: Weasie Gaines, via

Photo: Sam English, via

Another grand Derby tradition is Kentucky’s own cocktail, the Mint Julep.  Served in a silver cup, this beverage gets its kick from the state’s number one export: Bourbon (okay, I don’t really know if it’s the number 1 export- it just sounded better that way!).

The Cup:

Set of 4 Mint Julep Cups ($94),

The Cocktail:

Ingredients (makes 2)

  • 10-12 mint leaves (plus sprigs for garnish)
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 4 oz of Kentucky Bourbon
  • Crushed Ice
  • Soda water


  1. Add mint, sugar bourbon and ice to a shaker.  Shake vigorously.
  2. Split contents between two julep glasses.
  3. Top with soda water and garnish.
  4. Enjoy.

Oh!  And if you rather your cocktail be a dessert, check out this delicious recipe for Mint Julep Ice Cream!



Grown-Up Sweet Tea

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but for those of you new to North On Harper or prone to skimming my posts (I am under no illusions!), my husband is the GM of a bar/club.  We actually met back when we were both working in another restaurant/bar (he was a bartender, I was a waitress).  As a result, whenever we go to parties, people ask Lukus to make a cocktail.  And since we were talking about cocktail dresses yesterday, I thought it only fitting that I ask him to share one of his recipes with us!

I am excited for Lukus to share this recipe, as he actually won a competition based off of it.  The cocktail?  Grown-Up Sweet Tea.  It is always a party pleaser and sure to impress your guests.  I hope you guys like it!!!

Ingredients (per cocktail):

  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka (we only had regular- it works, but vanilla is even better!)
  • approx 1 Cup brewed English Breakfast Tea infused with 2 tbsp Honey, cooled
  • 1 tbsp Honey, divided
  • 4 Animal Crackers, crushed
  • 2-3 oz Heavy Cream
  • Ice

Special Tools:

  • Martini Glass
  • Strainer
  • Pint Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • Rim a martini glass with Honey (use about ½ tbsp of the honey).
  • Dip into crushed Animal Crackers.
  • Add Ice, Vodka and 2 oz of Tea/Honey mixture to the shaker.
  • Shake and strain into the Martini glass (fill until ¼ inch from the top).

  • In an emptied shaker (no ice!), add Heavy Cream and remaining Honey.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Strain onto cocktail.
  • Serve immediately.