Wednesday August 13, 2008
in the heat of the night...a mojito for two
For a tasty side dish to snack on while enjoying your Mojito, try jazzy mango chicken wings.
Cuba is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. One story traces the Mojito to the 16th century when the cocktail was known as "El Draque," in honor of the English Explorer and Trader Sir Francis Drake. If this is indeed true, the Mojito could be considered as the world's first cocktail. The Mojito was made with "tafia," a primitive predecessor of rum, with the other ingredients used to hide the harsh taste. The drink improved substantially in the 19th century, with the introduction of copper stills and the aging process that led to the modern form of rum. Some insist the Mojito's name comes from mojo, a Cuban seasoning made from lime and used to flavor dishes. Perhaps as a reference to its lime ingredient, the drink became known as the cocktail with 'a little mojo' - in Spanish, 'mojito'. (source: wikipedia)
recipe for 1 mojito from Mount Gay®
1 1/2 oz. Mount Gay® Rum Eclipse Silver
12 fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp. simple syrup (or 4 tsp. sugar)
Top off with club soda
Garnish: lime wedge and sprig of mint
Muddle mint leaves and lime in tall glass. Cover with simple syrup and fill glass with ice; add Mount Gay® Rum and club soda; stir well. Garnish glass with lime wedge and sprigs of mint.
Note: Simple syrup is made by stirring granulated sugar into hot water in a sauce pan until the sugar is dissolved and then cooling the solution. Generally, a ratio of two parts sugar to one part water is used.