Back to Life, Back to Reality

My hubby and I just got back from a beautiful and romantic five-year anniversary vacation in Cancun, Mexico and all I can think about are those darn amazing fresh mojitos on the beach. All day long, everyday, for ONE week. I’m having withdrawals. No, I’m not an alcoholic, just a ‘Latina Lush’.

Now, we are back home – Back to life, back to reality. Do you have that dumb 80’s song stuck in your head now? Good! I’ve been singing it every day since we arrived and felt like I needed to share the torture.

Being that the weather is finally warming up in unpredictable Colorado, I plan to toast this long weekend, with um, you guessed it…Mojitos. Simple mojitos made with fresh mint leaves.

The muddling and the order of the ingredients helps ensure that all the flavors are well blended. Serve with a sugar cane swizzle stick or a wooden chopstick to keep the different flavors well blended.

Oh, and feel free to substitute the sugar with 1 ounce of simple syrup. I know there are some mojito experts out there who have their preference, so don’t start biting my head off with the “right” way to make a mojito. I’ve tried many recipes and this just happens to be the way I like them. Experiment away and feel free to share your favorite mojito recipe or experience!!!

Let’s toast to warm weather…Salud!

Makes: 1 drink

Ingredients

2 sprigs fresh mint

2 ounces fresh limejuice

1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 cup crushed ice

2 ounces white rum

2-3 ounces club soda, chilled

2 wedges lime, as a garnish

Mint leaves, as a garnish

Directions

Place the mint sprigs into a highball glass and add the lime juice over the leaves. Add the powder and granulated sugar and gently muddle the mint into the limejuice and sugar.

You don’t want shredded leaves floating around in the drink and getting stuck between your teeth — Awkward. Bruise the leaves (gently) to release the essential oils.

After muddling add crushed ice, then add the rum and stir, and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves.

Mojito photo by Jeanine Thurston

Mojito Glasses by Z Gallerie