Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ask not what your fellow bloggers can do for you...

It's hot and it's just going to get hotter. Before Saturday, I mean, not in a "global warming is here and we're all going to die" sort of way, even though we probably are. Oh, Ford, who died and made me Bono?

Anyway, what does one drink in such putrid weather when one doesn't care for beer? Why, a mojito, of course.


Here's one I prepared (and drank) earlier

And it's easy. Because I lovesyouseall, and because ThirdCat once expressed a scrap of interest, I'm going to share my carefully-guarded mojito recipe. All you need is Havana Club (or any other white rum), limes, fresh mint leaves, sugar, ice and soda water. Oh, and a glass and a mouth, but those are usually fairly readily available.


Ah, all the ingredients for heaven in a glass

The only difficult part may be finding something to use as a muddler. I use my rolling pin, bequeathed by my grandmother and also very useful for making gingerbread. I believe you can also buy small lumps of wood from sniffy saucepan shops staffed by Prue and Trude lookalikes, but no-one wants to have to go there. A sturdy wooden spoon would probably do quite nicely.

Drop a few lime wedges, a few mint sprigs and a teaspoon of sugar into the bottom of the glass thusly:

Give it a good scrunching with whatever nubby wooden implement you have nearby. Smell the mint and the lime? Mmm. Knock in a healthy shot of Havana Club and a handful of ice-cubes and top it up with cold soda water. Give it a stir to distribute the sugar and finish it with another lime wedge and a mint sprig.

If you're doing these for a crowd, it makes things much easier if you make a simple syrup because you don't have to worry about crunchy bits of sugar floating about. Don't worry, it's true to its name: simple. Put a cup of sugar and a cup of water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir it until the sugar has dissolved and let it cool. About 15ml, or half a shot glass, is enough per drink.

So, go to! It goes very well with crisps.

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11 Comments:

At 5:25 pm, January 03, 2007, Blogger meva said...

Mmmmmm! Sometimes I think the heat might be worth it!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 
At 4:49 am, January 04, 2007, Blogger jedimerc said...

Nice... looks nice even in the relative cool of a Texas winter, but then I was drinking frozen margaritas on NYE when it was 0 degrees C out (or slightly higher, around 32-34 F)... just mildly cold :)

Not that I am looking forward to the same heat here, as Dallas and Adelaide get more or less the same type of summer (except y'all are about 4 hours closer to the ocean)

 
At 10:00 am, January 04, 2007, Blogger redcap said...

Meva, erg, no. Hate... heat. Wilting...

Jedi, well, it's looking like being 40C here today. You'd be more than welcome to it.

 
At 11:05 am, January 04, 2007, Anonymous Teddy said...

Ah, now we have the Aussie cure for you-----
Insert one of your beloved mint leaves into your left nostril and a nice cold beer will smell so sweet

 
At 6:00 pm, January 04, 2007, Blogger Ariel said...

RC, you rock! We have a mojitos party on tomorrow night to farewell my husband before he goes to Mexico (sob) ... and now we have the recipe. Muchos gracias.

 
At 9:21 pm, January 04, 2007, Blogger MadameBoffin said...

Yuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

 
At 11:06 pm, January 04, 2007, Blogger redcap said...

Ted, sorry, love - nothing is going to improve beer, not even a mint leaf.

Ariel, whoa, I'm psychic! (Or is that psycho?) ;) Pleased to be able to help. We had a party a while back and I made these by the jug instead of one glass at a time.

Boff, uhuh. Frosty, minty, limey, rummy goodness :)

 
At 10:29 am, January 05, 2007, Blogger gigglewick said...

This blog is making me thirsty.

 
At 12:01 pm, January 05, 2007, Blogger foodkitty said...

Mojito are always worth sugar syrup. I know you don't like beer, but buy one of those fancy imported ones with the ceramic cork top, tip the beer (down Bloke's gullet?) and fill with sugar syrup. Even bung in a vanilla bean or a chilli (but of course, not both)for an added dimension. Lasts for yonks (not that it wil, hehe)

 
At 4:56 pm, January 06, 2007, Anonymous ThirdCat said...

a project for next week...perfect redcap's recipe...

 
At 4:57 pm, June 21, 2007, Blogger River said...

Wonder if the lime/sugar syrup/soda would be just as refreshing without the alcohol? Just might give it a try next summer.

 

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