I have a lime tree in my backyard and a big pot of mint on my patio.
Therefore, I feel horticulturally obligated to share this recipe with you.
The first Idiot’s Kitchen cocktail.
Here’s what you need:
Bacardi Limon Rum, Limes, Mint,Club Soda, Sugar, Water, and Crushed Ice (not shown).
Yes, we have the big bottle of Bacardi Limon and yes, it’s almost empty. Judge not….
We need to make some Simple Syrup for this lovely drink. Simple Syrup is easy – equal parts sugar and water. Technically you should make this in a pot on the stove and let it cool and blah, blah, blah. I’m impatient and want a Mojito so here’s the cheater’s method: mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water and put it in the microwave.
Heat on high for about 1 minute until the sugar dissolves completely in the water making a clear, Simple Syrup.
Let this hang out and cool while you assemble the goodies.
Grab a couple of tall glasses and pluck 10-12 mint leaves into the bottom of each glass.
Cut a juicy, fresh lime into 8ths (or quarters if it’s small).
Squeeze 3-4 (depending on juciness) of your little lime wedges into each glass. Toss the limes right in there too.
Pour 2-3 Tablespoons of the Simple Syrup in on top of the limes and mint.
Now we need to muddle. If you’re a hard core kitchen gadget junkie, you have a muddling tool. If not, something like the handle of a wooden spoon will easily do the trick.
Get right in there with your muddler and smash the mint and limes up in the syrup. This smells good.
No need to go all crazy with the muddling here. We just want to bruise the mint to release the oil in the leaves and get some extra citrus out of the limes. Don’t feel that you have to pulverize things.
Now, fill up the glass with crushed ice. Pour in the Bacardi Limon Rum until the glass is 3/4 full. No, I am not going to measure.
Top off glass with club soda.
At this point you can either stir to combine or pour your Mojito into a larger glass or shaker. Don’t shake, just pour it into the shaker and then back into your glass.
The Parking Dude is makin’ mojitos.
Delicious. Repeat as necessary.
Here’s the recipe. Cheers!