Sunday, July 24, 2011
Mojito - why mint was invented
Like Donis I also have a patch of mint in the garden. And as most of us gardeners know, a patch of mint enevitably becomes a LARGE patch of mint. Without attention it might well become a garden of mint with a patch of grass. I like to put two or three fresh leaves into tea, particularly at night after dinner. (Better mention that in Canada tea always means hot tea. Iced tea is consumed occasionally, but has to be refered to as iced tea, and is not very common.) One of my favourite uses of mint is to make a mojito. Nothing better sitting out in the deck with friends on a hot summer's evening while the BBQ is warming up. Here's my recipe.
2 cups sugar
1 cup whole mint leaves
1 lime cut into quarters
Combine 4 cups of water with the sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Put the sugar-water into a plastic or glass bowl and refrigerate until chilled.
Put ¼ of the mint into each of 4 glasses. Squeeze ¼ of the lime in each glass, and add 2-3 dashes of bitters. Mash with the back of a spoon. Add ice. Add 1 ½ oz rum to each glass and fill the remainder of the glass with sugar syrup.
Enjoy in the sun on your back deck, preferably with a good crime novel.