Carrie Leigh (carrie_leigh) wrote,
Carrie Leigh
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Put the lime in the coconut...

As some of you may or may not know, I was a bartender for several years before I graduated from college (and also after i graduated, if truth be told). I liked bartending; I had regulars and liked mixing drinks. I don't get to pull out my knowledge like I used to, even though we have a fully stocked bar in the pantry at home. I drink wine most of the time, and there's really very little art to pulling a frozen glass from the fridge and pouring a beer for Nolan. I make the occasional gin and tonic, but today, because it's Friday, and JUNE, and OHMYGOSH HOT here, I decided it was mojito time.

Close your eyes, all you Baptists and abstaining readers.

The first thing you need for a mojito is MINT. I happen to have mint growing in the backyard (not because I nurtured it or anything, only because it survived when the rest of the '08 herb garden died in the first week.
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My herb garden is a sad, sad place.
Have some daylilies.

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Ignore the dead stuff on either side of them.

You don't need daylilies for a mojito. I got distracted. Am drinking the finished product, so... you know...

It happens.

Anyway.
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These are your cast of characters.

1 1/2 Oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
Club Soda
12 Mint Leaves
1/2 Lime
2 Tbsp. Simple Syrup or 1 Tbsp. Sugar

If you don't have mint bushes in the garden, you can certainly go to the grocery store and get some there. They sell them. *nod* It's cheaper to cut them from a bush, though.

Okay.

They don't sell rum at the grocery store. Not in Texas, anyway. So get thee to a liquor store and buy some. Club soda is easily procurable anywhere, as are limes. Simple syrup is super easy to make.

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A cup of water, a cup of sugar, stir over heat 'til the sugar is dissolved, chill.
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That's it. Easy, right? Maybe that's why they call it 'simple' syrup and not 'horribly complex and convoluted' syrup. Which doesn't make me want to sip at it, at all.

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You put your leaves and lime in the bottom of a glass and muddle them - that's the technical term for "mash the crap out of;' it releases the juices and the flaaaaaavor and stuff.

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See? All muddled.

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Then you fill the glass with ice.

Add 2 oz RUM, 2 (plus) tablespoons simple syrup, and fill the rest with soda.

And then you sit on the back porch under the fan and hope for a breeze while you sip.
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Enjoy!
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