Back to Life, Back to Reality

My hubby and I just got back from a beautiful and romantic five-year anniversary vacation in Cancun, Mexico and all I can think about are those darn amazing fresh mojitos on the beach. All day long, everyday, for ONE week. I’m having withdrawals. No, I’m not an alcoholic, just a ‘Latina Lush’.

Now, we are back home – Back to life, back to reality. Do you have that dumb 80’s song stuck in your head now? Good! I’ve been singing it every day since we arrived and felt like I needed to share the torture.

Being that the weather is finally warming up in unpredictable Colorado, I plan to toast this long weekend, with um, you guessed it…Mojitos. Simple mojitos made with fresh mint leaves.

The muddling and the order of the ingredients helps ensure that all the flavors are well blended. Serve with a sugar cane swizzle stick or a wooden chopstick to keep the different flavors well blended.

Oh, and feel free to substitute the sugar with 1 ounce of simple syrup. I know there are some mojito experts out there who have their preference, so don’t start biting my head off with the “right” way to make a mojito. I’ve tried many recipes and this just happens to be the way I like them. Experiment away and feel free to share your favorite mojito recipe or experience!!!

Let’s toast to warm weather…Salud!

Makes: 1 drink

Ingredients

2 sprigs fresh mint

2 ounces fresh limejuice

1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 cup crushed ice

2 ounces white rum

2-3 ounces club soda, chilled

2 wedges lime, as a garnish

Mint leaves, as a garnish

Directions

Place the mint sprigs into a highball glass and add the lime juice over the leaves. Add the powder and granulated sugar and gently muddle the mint into the limejuice and sugar.

You don’t want shredded leaves floating around in the drink and getting stuck between your teeth — Awkward. Bruise the leaves (gently) to release the essential oils.

After muddling add crushed ice, then add the rum and stir, and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves.

Mojito photo by Jeanine Thurston

Mojito Glasses by Z Gallerie

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12 Responses to “Back to Life, Back to Reality”

  1. 1

    Haha I actually loved that band, Soul II Soul! (Sad that I remember that) I also love these mojitos, omg they look amazing! You always have the best recipes :) Hope you had fun on your vacation, the worst part is always coming home!

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — June 28th, 2011 @ 11:00 am

      Hi Maggie,

      I loved that band too, and that catchy song was in my head for weeks. I’m finally catching up from our great vacation and responding back to comments. Phew, where did June go?

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    Lea Ann — May 28, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    Welcome back! What a beautiful photo of those mojitos! Must try the recipe.

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — June 28th, 2011 @ 11:06 am

      Thank you Lee Ann. I love mojitos…BUT, I have to give everyone a warning – Drink them SLOW! They are so refreshing and it’s easy to forget how potent they are. Yes, I’m speaking from experience – Drink responsibly!

      Oh, and I have also made them with simple syrup which works really well when making a pitcher.

      Enjoy!

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    Such a nice photo of you both, these mojitos look wonderful.

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — June 28th, 2011 @ 11:09 am

      Thank you so much Marla – that’s very sweet! I LOVE your blog, so your compliment means the world to me!!!

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    ournote2self — June 3, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Happy Anniversary!

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    pilar — December 3, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    Gracias por la receta!!!
    y felíz aniversario!!! que disfruten mucho!!!!

    thanks for the recipe
    and happy anniversary, enjoy it!

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    Ashley A. — December 9, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I just found your blog and am LOVING it!! I feel like you need to coin the phrase “No, I’m not an alcoholic, just a Latina Lush” and put it on a t-shirt or apron =)

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — December 12th, 2011 @ 10:03 am

      OMG Ashley! Thanks for making me laugh so hard! I absolutely LOVE the idea and have it on my to-do-list. Thank you!

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