Thursday, June 22, 2006

Mojito Time!

See? Now that I'm not stupendously unemployed, I am posting with much vim and vigor. Lucky everyone.

So, today's tip is how to make a mojito, which is a delicious beverage hailing from the 'you are American and therefore must be more sneaky than average to go visit it' country of Cuba. It is a deliciously refreshing drink appropriate for Cuba-like hot weather, and can be made without the alcohol- it is still tasty, and you can still drive after several of them... although you might STILL need to stop to use the ladies room afterwards. (Side note: the word 'ladies' does not appear to follow general possessive or plural rules. Interesting that I never noticed that before.)

So, without further ado, here is the recipe that I use, which I have stolen from Salvatore Calabrese's book entitled "complete home bartender's guide". And don't get persnickety with ME about the noncapitalization in the title; Salvatore himself left it uncapitalized. So there.

1 2/3 oz white rum (don't use another kind. Seriously.)
1 teaspoon superfine (caster) sugar (this melts right away rather than remaining grainy)
2/3 oz fresh lime juice
bunch fresh mint on the stem
sparkling water
crushed ice (it really is better with crushed- sadly, I only have cubes today. Boo hoo)

Put sugar and lime juice in the bottom of a highball with a thick base. Add the mint leaves and muddle (read: beat the crap out of) with the end of a barspoon or a wooden muddler. (read: chopstick or spoon) This releases the essence of the mint. Add the rum (omit if you are afraid of becoming a rummy) and fill the glass with crushed ice. Top up with sparkling water. Stir. Serve with a stirrer. (Again, read chopstick or spoon)

Okay, in typing that out, I realize why my mojito tastes a little 'off' tonight. It's the first one I've made of the season, and it just wasn't quite right. I bought the ingredients from memory, and got seltzer instead of sparkling water. Seriously, this appears to make a difference! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Okay, now the lesson has ended. Now, go make yourself a yummy mojito! Yesssss!

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