Sunday, April 23, 2006

Mojito Power

In the last post, I mentioned I was playing around with some green chillies at home - actually, I was playing around also with some green limes that I had bought from the supermarket.
The final result: a composition of green chillies and limes.
Green with Envy
The cut limes were extremely attractive and with the sunny warm days that we've been having over the weekend, a Mojito cocktail (a thirst-quenching drink with a kick) sounded pretty good indeed. Searched my fridge and voila, I still had some mint leaves. Looked at liquor cabinet and noted with disgust that we didn't have a bottle of Bacardi Rum. There was whiskey, vodka, sherry and gin but no rum!

Grabbed car keys, and zoomed to the nearest supermarket - found the liquor aisle and noted that hard liquor is kept in glass cabinets under lock and key with instruction to the potential purchaser to "press a button to call for assistance from staff". Always wondered about the high security, and never understood the reason for this cloak and dagger routine for hard liquor when cans of beer and bottles of wines are freely available on the shelf, some of which may be even more expensive than that bottle of gin or rum in the locked cabinet.

Anyway, back home from that supermarket jaunt, I was plucking mint leaves that were still in 'mint condition', and removing the bruised and blackened leaves. I didn't have a proper 'muddler' - a special stick, like a teeny slim baton, which bartenders use to bruise the mint leaves with the lime slices in the sugar at the bottom of a collins glass (i.e. a tall slim glass) before adding the ice cubes, rum and soda water. And used instead my trusty IKEA mini pestle and mortar.
  • For two glasses of mojito, I 'muddled' 10 mint leaves together with about 2 tablespoons of sugar and the juice squeezed from 1 lime - 'muddle' means to bruise the leaves to release the mint aroma oils from the leaves (the sugar particles helps in this process) but do not pound the leaves or use too vigorous a 'muddling' action as you may end up instead with broken and minute particles of mint leaves in your drink.
  • Transfer the mortar ingredients into 2 glasses and add ice cubes.
  • Add a shot of Bacardi Rum (white rum) and top up with soda water.
  • Stir to ensure that the sugar is dissolved (although I note in some recipes, they propose using sugar syrup, but hey, I want a drink in 5 minutes and not spend an extra 5 minutes at the stove making sugar syrup).
  • For a professional-looking finish, add a slice of lime to the edge of the glass and a sprig or two of mint leaves - you can skip this part if you're not taking a picture of your Mojito cocktail!
Mojito Power
This cocktail is really refreshing with a lovely minty fragrance, and as it goes down ever so easily, I only ever make just enough for a glass or two per person (to be on the prudent side) - believe me, it's quite a 'gulp-worthy' drink!

Because I had some green chillies, I wondered if a green chilli mojito would taste good with extra kick from the peppery taste - and feeling a bit adventurous (could have been the effect of that one earlier shot of bacardi rum), I added a few slices of green chillies to the mint leaves for muddling together with the sugar to make my second glass.
VERDICT: Never tinker with a Cuban recipe that's fool-proof. Green chillies have no place in a mojito cocktail at all. [this is a lesson to show that common sense sometimes leaves the room after a bit of alcohol comes in!]

By the way, you really should drop by this uber-cool website developed by the Bacardi Rum people to promote the mojito cocktail. Unfortunately, entrance only allowed to those above the age of 18, the legal age for drinking in certain countries, including Singapore (I think).


Blogger Fran said...

Beautiful photography! I have been wanting to try the mojito cocktail & your post is very inspiring. Wish my lime tree had limes right now.

4/24/2006 05:45:00 AM  
Blogger dave said...

I loved the pictures as much as the article.

4/24/2006 07:09:00 AM  
Blogger babe_kl said...

wahhhh your pics so beautiful!!! *gulp* wish i could hv a glass now, its so hot now!

4/24/2006 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous slurp! said...

feeling thirsty now hehehe ... beautiful photo, the colors so refreshing to my eyes!
i don't understand how allowing one to declaring age before entry helps in deterring underage from visiting the website?

4/24/2006 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

fran, I'm so envious, you actually have a lime-tree in your garden!

nice to see you again, dave :)

thanks babe_kl, this is just like a mint julep with 'kick'...great for hot weather :)

4/24/2006 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

thanks slurp, that age qualification for the bacardi rum website is, to me, just another nod to the idiosyncracy of bureaucratic policing - crap!

4/25/2006 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Godknows said...

Wow wow wow. This is my favorite refreshing drink. Love your photos.

4/27/2006 09:50:00 AM  

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