I’m not heading out of town until tomorrow. With my self-styled job I’m fortunate that I don’t have to follow the exact course of a holiday weekend. Which is why, before going away tomorrow, I’ve been enjoying a mellow day and spending time on my roof—with a cocktail in tow.
Since I have a ton of fresh mint and a bottle of Bacardi, it’s only natural that I made a Mojito. I’ve always loved Mojitos—they’re tropical without being overly sweet, and the fresh mint and crushed ice makes them refreshing.
Though I’ve made my own renditions in the past, to mixed reviews (I’m much more of a cook than a cocktail maker), I decided to look on the Bacardi Cuba site where I discovered that the precursor to the Mojito, called The Draque, was invented in 1568, and that Mojito means “little spell” in Creole. I also found Bacardi rum cakes made in The Bahamas you can send as gift. So if you like the flavor of rum and don’t drink (the alcohol is burned off during cooking!) and/or have a sweet tooth, visit Bacardi Cuba.
But back to cocktails: Here, the Bacardi recipe for an enchanting “little spell” to enjoy on one of these last summer evenings. This recipe makes only one drink so I’m certain you’ll want to have more of these ingredients on hand to keep the Mojitos flowing.
One Very Enchanting Mojito
2 parts Bacardi Superior Rum
12 fresh mint leaves
½ lime in wedges
2 tablespoons of simple syrup or sugar
Club Soda (I make my own with SodaStream)
Sprig of fresh mint to garnish
Make the Mojito
• Muddle together 12 fresh mint leaves and ½ lime in a tall cocktail glass.
• Cover with 2 tablespoons of simple syrup or sugar; top with ice.
• Add Bacardi Rum and top with club soda.
• Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint & a lime.
Also, here’s a tidbit I discovered about Bacardi while I was surfing around for a Mojito recipe: Bacardi is behind the largest wind turbine installation in Puerto Rico. The turbine harnesses natural wind energy to power Bacardi’s rum distillery near San Juan as well as the Bacardi Cuba Casa Bacardi Visitor Center. They have a lot of other “green” initiatives, too.