So rather than just not posting anything this week, I’ll at least share the mojito recipe.
For me, the important thing was to get the fresh flavor of the mint, without winding up with little bits of mint floating around getting stuck in my teeth. I tried one recipe that makes a mint simple syrup, rather than muddling mint leaves, but I felt that that destroyed a lot of the flavor. I experimented until I found a satisfactory way to extract the oils from the mint and lime, while keeping the mint relatively intact, and straining it out.
Christine’s Mojito (no floss required)
3 wedges of lime (1 wedge=1/6 of a lime)
about 12 leaves of spearmint
1/2 – 1 oz of 2:1 sugar syrup
3 oz light rum
Holding each lime wedge inside the cocktail shaker (you want to capture all those oils!), squeeze out as much juice as you can. Then drop the wedges into the shaker. Add mint, and gently press everything with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, taking care not to pulverize the mint.
Add syrup and rum, a handful of ice, and shake just enough to mix. Pour into one or two glasses (depending on your stress level and whether you have a friend handy who likes mojitos) filled with ice, and top with a splash of soda. Garnish with mint sprigs, if you like.
Oh, and if you do have a friend over to share, make sure you have more than one proper cocktail glass, or you might wind up doing this:
(It still tasted just as good.)