Monday, September 17, 2007

Drink of the week, and MxMo...

Well, week two of the blogging thing commences. So far, I've been blogrolled (it tickles) thrice... hopefully, the peer pressure will keep the bloggin' on track.

I've been doing the cocktail thing lately (it's like chemistry sets... with booze!), so I was thinking of starting this week off with a drink (see previous references to food and drink). In my recent delvings into the world of cocktail geekery, I've stumbled upon many great cocktail blogs (Yes, blogs devoted to cocktails... it's a sick world we live in.), a few of which are listed to the right.

Sidenote: Y'know, I think I'm wired somehow to identify with subcultures... I mean, there's the whole libertarian thing, and the anarchy thing (which is a subculture within the libertarian subculture, sort of), and the CPC. And now I'm a cocktail geek. There must be something in my brain that really hates being normal.

Anyway, today happens to be a Mixology Monday, so I asked myself why, since I am now blogging, I shouldn't participate in it. And I couldn't really give myself a decent answer to dissuade me, so...

Today's MxMo, hosted by Gabriel at, is themed Fizz!! (Two exclamation points because... fizz is exciting, I guess? I had fun, anyway.)

So, the drink of the week, and my MxMo entry is (gimme a drumroll, Kirsten)... the Mojito! Rather boring, compared to some of the other entries, but I'm no mixologist, and it's a new drink for me, so I don't care if it's boring. It's definitely a top summer drink for me now, and since I'm a desert rat, that means I'll be drinking Mojitos about 9 months out of the year. :)

It is a simple drink really, but it's a charming simplicity, rather than the vulgar simplicity of a Vodka Redbull, or whatever the kids are drinking these days. When you need to pound a nail, you grab a hammer; when it's a hundred degrees in the shade you grab a Mojito. Y'know, that kind of simplicity.

Anyway, before I start waxing too poetic about booze, I'll just post the recipe and send it up. I really do ramble, don't I?

The Mojito:
10-12 fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar (I use a 1:1 simple syrup made with raw demerara sugar, plus a pinch of crystals for abrasion)
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz. white rum (Cuban is best, but try finding that in the States... free market; what's that?)
Club soda
Sprig of mint and slice of lime for garnishment

Muddle mint leaves and sugar in a heavy-bottomed pint glass. Fill to half with ice, then add lime juice and rum; stir well. Top with ice and soda, then give it another stir or two. Rub the peel of the lime slice around the rim of the glass, then drop the lime in. Lightly pop a sprig of mint between your hands (to bring out the aroma), then place it in the drink.

Blissfully ignore the current popularity or non-popularity of the Mojito, and drink up.

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Blogger Dominik MJ said...

Also a quite good idea - tp saddle the horse that way!
A Mojito is nowadays a winner!
I wouldn't use brown sugar, as the light rum aromas a quite fragile - on the other hand: its your blog!

Cheers and have a good glass of foamy champagne on this MXMo!

Dominik MJ

September 17, 2007 9:19 PM  
Blogger Doug Winship said...

Mojitos rock! And welcome to the inescapable quicksand that is cocktail blogging!
I love to see another blogger come on line who rambles as much as I do before getting to the point! Do not ever change, man!

One thing I never see anyone point out is how easy mint is to grow fresh in your yard. One of the import parts of cocktail blogging (and drinking in general) is being snooty about ingredients and presentation. Picking fresh leaves off the plant in your backyard at the moment of preparation fulfills both functions admirably!

September 18, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Jacques said...

I actually debated the use of brown sugar, but I like the subtle flavors it adds to drinks...

I don't think I'll be changing any time soon, Doug... I have a sickness. But, fortunately, I've decided I won't let it control me. :P

And it's definitely all about presentation. And snootiness... the snootiness is important. A drink improperly and humbly presented is just a way to get drunk... if you're a snob, though, you can feel superior while getting shnockered!

It'll change your life, man...

September 18, 2007 10:26 PM  

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