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)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
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)
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)
Sparkling mineral water (I use Italian Sparking Natural Mineral Water)
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!