Mojito – she wears the mint well
Mojito, Mojito, mojito, when I was behind the bar serving, all the staff hated making this cocktail when we were busy. It takes a long time to make properly and is messy to boot. I remember we attempted to speed things up with sugar syrup and fresh lime juice, but the real mojito drinker could spot the deception and would bring it right back. We would remix and hand the cocktail back, quietly hoping the customer would choke on a mint leaf, and not come back for more. I think that this must have put me off the drink and I have never taken to it. My friend drinks them regularly and will happily take a bag full of limes, mint leaves and a cocktail shaker along to a gathering. I have always politely declined her offer to partake.
It was through gritted teeth then, that I made my husband and I a Mojito, as so many people have asked me for a good recipe and I needed to speak from the heart. Oh dear, all those years I have wasted. This a fresh and zingy little number, which is most certainly worth the effort. I prefer mine with a little more sugar than my husband, and I like to strain the leaves out. My friend likes hers more cheek suckingly sour. The below is the basic authentic recipe, after the first one you decide the balance of sweet and sour.