Sunday, May 21, 2006

Mojitos... Summer Can''t Be Far Off

Mojito: A refreshing alcoholic drink of Cuban origin
employing mint, sugar, rum, fresh lime juice, selzer water, plenty of ice and a muddler. A muddler is an implement used to mash fresh mint with sugar, causing the herb to release its volatile oils. I use a very large wooden pestle that belonged to my father-in-law. I'm sure he would enjoy the use that I've found for it. Here's my recipe for a large crowd. Please drink them judiciously.

3 cups mint leaves, packed (Save some of the tops of the mint stalks for garnish)
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, to taste (or Splenda-sugar blend. Splenda granular works too)
3 cups Bacardi Gold Rum
2 cups Captain Morgan's Original Spiced Rum
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

Place the mint leaves in a large wooden bowl or mortar, add the sugar and mash with the pestle until the volatile oils of the mint are released. Place the mix into a large glass pitcher.

Pour the rums and lime juice over the leaves and give it a stir. Taste for sugar adjustment. TASTE, I said! When it's to your liking, chill well in the fridge for a few hours. Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove the mashed mint leaves. Press on the leaves to extract all the liquid.

To serve, fill glasses with crushed ice then add 2-4 oz of the rum mix, depending on the size of the glasses. Fill the glass with chilled selzer water, top with a mint sprig.

These are wonderful on a hot summer's afternoon. Or, on the beach in the fog. Wherever...

For a non-alcohol version, follow the directions, steeping the mint in fresh lime juice and white grape juice. Top off the glasses with chilled ginger ale.


old school from England said...

Sounds great,just what I could do with at the moment after work

Old school friend from England said...

I obviously need the drink