So, I'm back from the beach. I got home Friday, and The Beloved had already left to go brew beer with his brewing buddy in Charlotte, so I had the place to myself until earlier today. Guess what I did? Nothing. It was Awesome. I have pulled myself away from my Intense Pursuit of Slothfulness to bring you this post. You're welcome.
I suppose you could say that I'm in a bit of an Alcohol Rut, but when you have as much mint growing in your yard as I have in mine, then Ye May Cast the First Stone. We had our housewarming party last weekend, and big fun was had by all. I wasn't going to make mojitos, but then word got around that I Could, and I was forced to go to the store to purchase rum and limes, lest the natives become restless.
There is no great secret to making a mojito. I'm sorry to any mixologist out there who would beg to differ with me, but as long as you get everything well mashed, you should be good to go.
- a large pitcher
- some coarse-grained sugar--I used demerara
- a handful of mint (I used a mixture of bergamot and spearmint)
- 2-3 limes, cut into sections (skin on)
- bottle(s) o' rum, depending on how big your pitcher is and how thirsty your guests are
- club soda
Throw the limes, mint and coarse sugar into the pitcher. Muddle everything thoroughly until the limes are all juiced, the mint is well bruised and the sugar crystals have dissolved. Let me just say that I don't own a muddler. I do, however, own a wooden spatula, and I used the business end of that to muddle the Hell out of the green stuff. Lime juice squirted Perilously Close to my eye. The things I do for my friends...
Anyway, pour in the rum. Pour it all in. Taste for sweetness, liminess and mintiness. Adjust as necessary.
To serve, fill individual glasses with ice, pour in the rum mixture and then top off with as much (or as little) club soda as you want. Everyone gets a drink that is strong enough (or weak enough), so Everybody Wins!
I polled my friends who attended, and they all seemed to dig it. If any of you guys are reading, please leave your review in the comments section.
PS Bonus Sunday Sides: Marinated Cucumbers
I also made some marinated cukes for the party. People inhaled them, and some even said they were the Best Ever. Here's what was in them:
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- rice wine vinegar
- extra virgin olive oil
- squirt of honey and a little sugar
- celery seed
- mild curry powder
- sliced cukes
- chopped onion
In case you're wondering, I probably used 4 parts vinegar to 1 part oil. I also peeled the cukes in strips, so they were stripy around the outside. Instead of halving and seeding them, I just sliced them in thin rounds. The ones I wrote about the other day were good, but these were better. The curry powder put them Over The Top.
Okay, that's it for now.