The Spice Rack

"There is no love sincerer than the love of food." Join me as I explore this love with reckless abandon. Each week try a new recipe from a different region. Read a little about each recipes' history and a lot about what it took to get it from the pages of the cookbook to the dinner table.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Mojito



A friend has fresh mint growing in his front yard and we've been looking forward to warm weather and mojitos on the front porch for weeks. This drink is best enjoyed in the dead heat of summer, but its feels like its summer already in Columbia. We made a batch yesterday and they were delicous. I first sipped this tasty Cuban drink in New York last summer and have been obsessed ever since. So whip up a batch and enjoy the warming weather.


What you'll need:
White rum
fresh mint
white suger
soda water
ice
lime

Start by making a simple syrup. Combine about a cup of water with 1/2 cup of white suger. If you like a sweeter drink you can increase the amount of suger.
Heat sugar, water and a few mint leaves in a saucepan on the stovetop until all the suger is dissolved into the water.
Pour about a shot into a glass with plenty of ice. (You can vary how much rum you use depeding on how stiff you like your drink and how big your glass is)
crush a few mint leaves with a mortar and pestle and add to the glass
Add about 2 tablespoons of the sugar syrup
Top off with soda water. (Again how much you use will depend on how stiff and how sweet you like your drink. Play with the proportions until you find what works for your taste buds.)
Squeeze the juice of half a lime over the top.
Stir and enjoy.

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