Mojitos, yeah that’s right.

I have spent the last 5 years in complete awe of this drink. I believe the first time I had it I was with my good friend Mike Martinez. It seems that Mike was the spark of many of my early forays into culinary excellence. We were visiting his parents at their summer house in Eugene and they dubbed the evening “Mojito Maddness.”  (or maybe we did, sources are unclear on this)

Now the problem with this particular drink is that every time anyone has tried to teach me how to make it, I have forgotten almost immediately. This is usually due to excessive “sampling” of the product, but what can you do? Recently in Barcelona, Alfonso, Rana, and I set off on a quest to find the perfect Mojito. We narrowed it down to three recipes and this one was the first we tried. Needless to say we didn’t try the other two.


10 or so fresh mint leaves

1/2 lime cut into 4 pieces

2 Tbsp white sugar

1 cup of ice cubes

1 and 1/2 shots of rum

1/2 cup soda water

Warning: This recipe is hard to do without a muddler

I always make these in low ball glasses. All ball jokes aside, I think it is the best way. So find a squatty round glass out of which you might see people drinking scotch in the movies.  

In the bottom throw one of the four lime wedges and a bunch of mint. Get your muddler. Squash down the lime with the mint (no need to be delicate, Suzie May, really show the lime who’s boss) until the juice is all out of the lime. Add two more lime wedges and the sugar. Muddle that baby again, muddle it like it’s your JOB!

Remove the muddler and don’t strain the mixture. Some recipes will tell you to do that, don’t. What is the point of making a drink in the glass if you’re going to strain it? None, that’s how much. 

Now fill the glass with ice, pour in the rum! Once the rum is in the glass fill it with carbonated water. Give it a little stir and Viola! 

Warning 2: Drinking this drink can lead to excessive dancing, hugging people you don’t know, singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at full volume off key and other embarrassing side effects. Regardless, this gift of Cuba is worth it!

You’re set. That’s it! You can garnish with the remaining lime wedge!

Often, though, I just toss it in.

Now you can impress your friends and really enjoy what is left of the summer!



Labels: Mojito, Cuban, drink, alcoholic

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