Monday, August 1, 2016

Mojito (makes 1 drink)

mojito
When I was in college (undergrad) I took a bartender class with my friend Stacy. We were students in a rigorous nursing program. I must have desperately needed a break from all the studying because somehow she talked me into taking this class. I remember we made a bunch of what appeared to be perfectly decent drinks but had to empty them into a huge bucket without ever tasting any...not even a lick. I remember wondering what kind of education is this? How does one know how it is supposed to taste? This method of learning is not for everyone. I learn differently and I need to taste what I make in order to retain it. I think that day must have been a sad day for some of the class participants particularly the dumping part! I personally have never been a huge fan of mixed drinks so it did not bother me. Due to my lack of interest in these sweet drinks I rarely make any...occasionally though I will have a drink when I am out with friends. The last mojito I had was about a month ago in a restaurant here on the seacoast of New Hampshire and it tasted a bit like bad cough medicine. 

I am making my mojito, a Cuban classic with a slight unique twist using my family recipe--Chanh Muối (Vietnamese Preserved Limes). The preserved lime has a mild briny taste and fragrance. I am also using freshly harvested spearmint from my garden. My husband who drinks mostly wine or beer tells me this is pretty good! I also made a drink for my flight attendant friend Inge. she makes drinks for her passengers and always appreciates it when someone else serves her! Inge tells me this may be one of the best fresh tasting mojitos she ever had. Both my husband and Inge could taste a hint of the preserved limes. Make this with lots of crushed ice and it will keep you cool on a hot summer evening!

Simple Syrup (makes 1/4 cup or enough for 3 drinks)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Method:

Heat the sugar and water until the sugar melts. Let the liquid cool down completely.

*1:1 ratio (I use the same dry measuring cup for both the sugar and water for simplicity). I use the cup to measure the sugar first and then the water.

Mojito (makes 1 drink)

Ingredients:

3 sprigs of fresh spearmint (choose sprigs with lots of healthy leaves)
1 1/2 Tbsp Simple Syrup (see recipe above)
1/2 of one Chanh Muối (Vietnamese Preserved Limes), cut into 3 slices or rings
1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice (or about 1/2 lime)
About 1/4 piece of the spent lime hull
4 Tbsp rum (may use Bacardi rum)
Crushed ice
Sparkling mineral water (I use Italian Sparking Natural Mineral Water)

Method:

Gently muddle or bruise 2 sprigs of spearmint (this will release the mint flavor and fragrance) and
1 1/2 tablespoon of simple syrup. Add the Preserved Lime and muddle everything a little more. Add lime juice, a small piece of spent lime hull, rum and ice. Gently shake everything for about 5-7 seconds. I don't have a cocktail shaker so I use a glass jar with a lid to shake everything. It works great. Pour this mixed liquid in a tall glass. Fill the rest of the glass with the sparkling mineral water (about 3/4 cup to 1 cup). Stir and garnish with a sprig of fresh spearmint.

*I use rum from St. Lucia called Bounty Rum.
*I put the ice cubes in a plastic bag and smash the cubes with a rock to crush them. Works great!

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