During the summer in the U.S., pears and apples abound in New Zealand. When you see New Zealand pears and apples in the stores they’re super-fresh and ready to eat. That’s why we’ve teamed up to come up with a bunch of delicious summer recipes featuring New Zealand pears and apples. Today, we’re focusing on recipes using Jazz Apples. Check them all out below and follow along all summer on social media using #loveNZfruit – follow @JazzApple on Twitter for more fun!

Apple Basil Mojito 01

We’ve talked about how summer cocktails are one of my favorite recipes to make during the heatwave season and today is like every other day. After working a 14-16 hour shift at the restaurant, nothing feels better than sipping on a chilled cocktail or mocktail on the deck. And since I work/live on property, my fellow cooks are around for the cocktail mixing and shaking. This Apple Basil Mojito was inspired by a drink one of our line cooks, Shauna Shapiro, created late one night. Shauna is what I call a “little bit of this, little bit of that” kind of cook. She tweaks and plays around with ingredients to make the perfect recipe; her salad dressings are outstanding and her babaganoush recipe will soon be gracing the blog as well!

Apple Basil Mojito 02

Head into your garden and snip some fresh basil and mint for this recipe – if you’re not lucky enough to have an herb garden, pick up the prettiest herbs you can find at your local store or farmer’s market. The bright freshness of basil and mint are what make this drink spectacular.

Apple Basil Mojito 03

JAZZ apples are touching hearts and taste buds with Crunch to Contribute, a fun and easy way for all of us to help change lives in a meaningful way. Crunch on a JAZZ apple, post a photo, and $1 will be donated to either the American or Canadian Diabetes Association. While the growers of this tangy-sweet, summer-fresh treat are in New Zealand, they wanted their fruit to contribute toward a far-reaching diabetes prevention solution. High in fiber, JAZZ apples add crunch―and zingy flavor!―to virtually any recipe. And next time you munch on JAZZ, show your stuff and post a pic.

Other than the St. Germain, the sweetness of this drink comes from the natural sweetness of the Jazz Apples! 

Apple Basil Mojito 04

Apple Basil Mojito

This refreshing and herbaceous cocktail will become a favorite! Leave the alcohol out and you've got a delicious mocktail!
Print Recipe
Apple Basil Mojito 04
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes


  • 2 large fresh basil leaves
  • 2 large fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 4 ounces freshly juiced Jazz Apple juice
  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • crushed ice to taste


  • In a tall glass, muddle the basil and mint leaves.
  • Add the St. Germain and stir in the apple juice.
  • Mix in the rum and shake with crushed ice.
  • Serve chilled and cheers!
Servings: 1 drink

Apple Basil Mojito 05

Check out more delicious Jazz Apple recipes from my food blogging friends:

Potato Salad with Apples from Cook the Story
Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad from It’s Yummi!
Zephyr Squash, Onion and Apple Saute from Pastry Chef Online
Apple Basil Mojitos from Cooking with Books
Campfire Apple and Pork Packets from Big Bear’s Wife
Apple & Chicken Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing from Around My Family Table
Summer Bounty Salad from Real Housemoms
Grilled Romaine Salad with Quinoa, Apples, Corn, & Dijon Vinaigrette from Climbing Grier Mountain
Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad from Nutmeg Nanny
Cinnamon and Ginger Jazz Apple Chips from doughmesstic
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