May 182012
 

Last week, I shared the recipe for a Cuba Libre. This week, we’ll continue with a Cuban theme.

The Mojito is considered to be the Mint Julep’s Cuban cousin. It originated in Havana and was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktails.

While the origins of the drink are subject to debate, Sir Francis Drake is often credited with creating a similar cocktail using aguardiente, a primitive predecessor to rum, in the sixteenth century.

To make a marvelous Mojito, you’ll need:

Two ounces of light rum

Fourth of an ounce of simple syrup

Half of an ounce of lime juice

Two and a half ounces of club soda

Mint leaves

Place mint leaves and simple syrup in to a highball glass with the juice of half of a lime. Muddle the ingredients. Add ice and light rum and stir well. Top with club soda.

A special shout-out to Brian D. Murphy and his book See, Mix, Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the Worlds’s Most Popular Cocktails.

 

Feb 242012
 

I had the top down on the Audi yesterday, and it’s February! All this warm weather has me thinking Mojitos.  A cousin to the Mint Julep, the Mojito originated in Havana and was reported to be one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drinks. Here’s how to make a perfect one:

Two ounces of light rum

One fourth ounce of simple syrup

Half ounce of lime

Two and a half ounces of club soda

Mint sprigs

Place mint sprigs and simple syrup in a highball glass with juice from half a lime. Muddle the ingredients. Add ice and rum. Stir well. Top with club soda.

Enjoy!

A special shout-out to Brian D. Murphy’s See, Mix, Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting The Worlds’ Most Popular Cocktails.