Is it possible to drink a mojito without automatically thinking of Hemingway? Before Maddox, I would stop by the bar when I was lacking inspiration and grab the drink of choice of one of my most beloved authors (like a mojito for Hemingway, a margarita for Kerouac, or gin for Fitzgerald). I was always hoping that I could somehow channel them through the alcohol they consumed. Sometimes it worked, more often than not I just wound up tipsy and just as uninspired.
Lately, I've been taking time with my drinks. I don't want to just drink for the sake of drinking. I want to drink with purpose - taste, delight, enjoyment. Granted, I'll always enjoy a pabst at the bar with friends or a cheap bottle of wine. But it's definitely nice to have nights where you focus on creating the perfect cocktail.
In this recipe, the classic mojito gets a simple spin with splashes of blood orange.
Blood Orange Rum Mojito (1 serving)
2 oz of blood orange juice (either 2-3 blood oranges juiced or by bottle)
2 oz of white rum (can also used spiced for a more robust flavor)
1/2 - 1 tsp of honey or simple syrup (I prefer honey)
7 mint leaves
topped off with ice and club soda/sparkling water
1. Juice your blood orange if necessary.
2. Add juice, rum, sweetener, lime, and mint to a glass.
3. Use a muddler and muddle the mint leaves, being careful not to break them. Stir as you muddle.
4. Add ice.
5. Top the glass off with club soda or sparkling water. Stir.
6.Adjust taste accordingly. Add more sweetener if you'd like it sweeter, more mint if it's lacking mint flavor, more rum if you like tasting alcohol, more lime if you'd like more tartness.
7. Garnish with mint, a lime, and/or a slice of blood orange and voila! Enjoy your mojito!
What is your favorite cocktail?