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Make mine a MOJITO!
Member Name: herja
Advantages: Delicious, refreshing and easy to make.
Disadvantages: Easy to drink!
I do love a mojito.
Granted, it's a bit of a summer drink best enjoyed on a hot day basking by the pool or on a balmy evening languising on a terrace. But really, as a cocktail it is hard to beat whatever the weather.
I learned how to make mojitos when I worked summers in a local cafe/bar. During the day I perfected my cappuccinos and smoothies and at night my Gin Fizzes, Daiquiris and Mojitos.
There are many ways to get the 'perfect' mojito....this is how we did it....
INGREDIENTS (per glass)
FRESH MINT - 5 or 6 leaves...an absolute must for any good Mojito.
1 FRESH LIME - lime juice alone won't work, you need the kick of the zest.
RUM - this one is down to personal preference...we used Havana Club 3 but you could use Bacardi or any other white or golden rum.
SUGAR- 1 tsp of demerera sugar
SUGAR SYRUP - 2 tablespoons or so....we bought it by the bottle, but you could make your own by dissolving sugar in equal parts of water.
SODA WATER - we used sparkling water too...just a splash is enough.
1) Get yourself a tumbler - preferably a sturdy one with straight sides.
2) Chop up the lime into smallish cubes...maybe 12 or so from one lime.
3) Put the lime in the glass along with 5 - 8 roughly torn mint leaves, the demerera and 1 tablespoon of syrup.
4) Using a wooden or plastic pestle, squash the limes and mint, extracting as much juice and flavour as possible.
5) Add the rest of the sugar syrup and mix again.
6) Add crushed ice to fill the glass...you can wrap ice cubes in a clean tea-towel and bash them with a rolling pin if you don't have a machine for the job - the rough shards produced are actually better than the machine ice which doesn't last as long.
7) Now you add the rum....just keep going till you get to a couple of cm from the top of the glass...then add the soda to fill. Of course, if you want it weaker, just add less rum and more soda...and conversely, if you want a stronger taste, add less soda or leave it out completely.
The use of brown sugar in this drink adds a depth of flavour which really compliments the drink with its 'maltiness' but if you want a result that looks less 'muddy' then leave it out....it's still pretty good!
All that minty, limeiness makes for a dangerously easy to drink cocktail that goes down all too well.
Oh, and serve with a straw.
Summary: Perfect summer cocktail.