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Mojitos, wino rumfest style

The situation: an entire summer sans an official Wino Readfest shindig

The solution:


That’s right, we’re talking rum, mint, and ladies. It was bound to be good.

The initial recipe (courtesy of Aunt Sharon):

I have used a simple syrup, fresh lime juice, muddled mint, rum combination. Simple syrup is made by boiling equal parts sugar and water (2c each) and cooling in frig. It is used as a base for other drinks as well, add fresh lemon or lime to make lemonade or limeade. Simple syrup can be stored in frig for up to two weeks. Back to the mojitos… start with simple syrup and fresh squeezed lime juice in a container add mint leaves and “muddle” the leaves in the mixture. I used a wooden spoon to sort of mash the leaves to squeeze the flavor out of them. Then add rum to taste. This method keeps the leaves in the cocktail which you may or may not like. You can also strain the drink into a glass to serve without the mint leaves. Have fun and let me know how it turns out!!!

We also consulted this single-serving recipe from MyRecipes.com, but really, who’s interested in a single serving? (Please note that one serving includes a trifling 1.25 ounces of rum—pfft!)

The mojito mixers: Danielle (aka Madame Bacardi), Erica (or, the Muddler), and moi (the Lime Enthusiast)

The green stuff:

 As it turns out, a little bit of simple sugar goes a loooong way. Our first attempt was sickeningly sweet. (Oh, and attempting to muddle mint leaves when they’re floating care-free in the mojito pitcher is a bad idea. Enter, Erica the Muddler.)

The final recipe:

  • 1 fifth of Bacardi
  • 1 cup of simple syrup mixture
  • An entire 2-liter bottle of club soda
  • 3 limes, sliced and squeezed
  • Nearly two bottles of lime juice (the fun little round, green bottles)
  • Lots and lots of fresh (and perfectly muddled) mint

Ok, so they weren’t quite the refreshing and zesty mojitos I had envisioned, but they were delicious! Bottoms up, ladies!

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This entry was posted on October 19, 2010 by in Friends, Wino Readfest.
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