Mojito weekendPosted: July 31, 2011
It’s been a Mojito weekend at the homestead. Temps are in the 90s and HUMID….which simply begs for some refreshing relief that could only be found with a mint-and-lime-type of cocktail. A cocktail that screams end of July….a cocktail that has “STEAMY. HOT. SUMMER. And I will help you.” written all over it. Know what I mean?
DT picked up three big bunches of mint from Thursday’s downtown Minneapolis farmer’s market. (The mint in our garden is chugging along, but not quite cuttin’ it for the demands of a Mojito. Or ten.) Armed with a big bag of limes and another bag filled with bottles of club soda after a grocery store stop, what else to do but muddle, muddle, muddle?
DT found a recipe for vodka Mojitos courtesy of his crush Giada DeLaurentiis (Giada’s Vodka Mojitos). This inspired the mint simple syrup you see here:
We even dug out the juicer and had the kids shoving limes in the top for the freshest lime juice you could imagine:
So there’s Giada’s recipe – using the mint simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and vodka. DT stayed pretty true to that. But for me, personally, I’ll stick with rum in my Mojito. Here’s how I made my version:
- Squeeze the juice of half a lime and toss into pint-sized glass (yep, we’re pint-sized cocktail drinkers).
- Add a small-ish handful of mint leaves (my super-scientific advice is to “eyeball it”).
- Add about a tablespoon of corn syrup.
- Muddle away, incorporating the lime juice with the mint leaves and syrup.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add one shot of rum, and top off with club soda. Stir drink to incorporate all ingredients.
- Repeat steps 1-6 above when drink has been consumed.
And the cool, refreshing, crisp, minty, limey glass of summertime-thirst-quenching-goodness looked a little something like this:
What’s your favorite summertime refreshment?
As an aside – isn’t it just lovely to have fresh flowers brightening up your bedroom? DT got this beautiful bouquet for me at the farmer’s market….thank you, sweet DT!