Saturday, July 25, 2009
When I was a little girl, I used to love to mix up "potions" - usually the remnants of nearly empty shampoo and lotion bottles, mixed with a few squirts of hand soap and perhaps some bubble bath. I'd put my potion in a bottle and mix it up, and then attempt to sell it to my Mom, her friends, whoever was around. Yep, I was the little entrepreneur.
Well, Mom should have known back then that her little potion-mixer (apothecary, perhaps?) would be a bartender one day. During my brief career as a mixologist, my absolute favorite drinks to make were the ones that had many ingredients: Bloody Marys, Long Island Ice Teas, etc. Even better than that? A drink that requires a muddler. I love to muddle. What can I say? Dirty martinis, mint juleps, mojitos . . . Muddling just plain rocks.
So here is a great muddled-up cocktail to refresh you on a hot summer afternoon: My Mint Mojitos. See if you can muddle your way through this one! (I couldn't resist . . .)
My Mint Mojitos
The leaves from one good sprig of mint (8-10 large leaves)
1 tablespoon sugar
2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 shot (1 oz.) of light rum
about 1/3 cup of club soda
1 sprig of mint for garnish
Prepare your serving glass with ice, and set aside.
In a shaker (or a glass, if you don't have a shaker), place the mint leaves and the sugar. Using a muddler (or any blunt-ended kitchen tool), mash up the mint leaves into the sugar until they release their oils and become very fragrant.
Next, add some ice, the lime juice, and the rum. Shake (if you're using a shaker) or stir (if you're using a glass). Pour the mixture over the ice in your prepared serving glass, straining the leaves out if desired. (Personally, I don't desire.) Top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig. Enjoy!