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.


Oct 212011

Yippee! The weekend is here, and it’s time to be thinking about cocktails. Here’s a recipe for a Margarita or Horny Devil Martini. It comes from my friend Penny.

She writes, “Recently, my family and I visited the bar my nephew manages in Texas. He served us the house specialty, a Horny Devil Martini. It was darned delish.”

Here’s the recipe:

2.5 ounces of tequila

2.5 ounces of simple syrup

1.75 ounces of triple sec

1.75 ounces of lime juice

Pickled jalapeno slices and juice to taste

Place in shaker with ice, shake hard,  and pour. Here’s a tip: The drink gets hotter the longer it sits with the jalapeno slices.

If you don’t know how to make a simple syrup, don’t despair. Penny told me how, and it’s easy.

One cup of sugar

One cup of water

Bring sugar and water to boil in a saucepan. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Simmer and leave undisturbed for two minutes. Remove from the stove and cool. Cover and chill. It should last two weeks.

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Have a wonderful weekend and cheers!