If you’re entertaining, say sophisticates, Mojitos should be on your listing. This refreshing cocktail of lime, mint and rumthat hails from Cuba, is the anger from coast to coast and everywhere in between. The mojito was called the new cosmo.
“Of program, being a Latina, I am familiar with the mojito,” explained Carolina Buia, co-author, “Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass” (HarperCollins). “It is a favorite among socialites and designers,” she continued. “After we moved to take our photographs for ‘Latin Chic,’ the mojito was the ‘it’ cocktail anywhere. “
The “mojito,” which means “to throw a little spell,” has its origins in Cuba and climbed to fame with the development of Bacardi rum on the staircase.
“Good mint is essential for a fantastic monitor,” said Dennis Dalponte of Dalponte Farms, where he grows mint and has seen demand increase in the previous two to three years.
One secret to a great mojito is muddling the mint and the lime. Muddling refers to combining ingredients at the bottom of a cocktail glass with a tool that looks like a small baseball bat. It extracts the great oils and flavors of both. If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a spoon.
Additional proof of the cocktail’s star-spangled status: The monitor plays a role in the new “Miami Vice” film.
12 new spearmint leaves
2 Tbsp. simple syrup (mix of two parts sugar to 3 parts hot water, chilled) or just sugar
11/2 oz. Bacardi rum
Muddle mint leaves and lime in a tall glass. Cover with simple sugar or syrup and fill glass with ice cream. Garnish glass with lime wedge and sprigs of mint.
Note: Could also be created by the pitcher.