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Refined recipe, with lime juice and sugar solution muddled with some fresh mint - mixed with crushed ice and good quality rum. Topped up with more ice, a splash of soda and garnished with a sprig of mint. (with thanks to thomask)

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  1. thomask 110 months ago | reply

    now that looks like a drink! big ups to the drunken monkey, love your work mate. hope your friends appreciated the extra mile!

  2. Paint Monkey 100 months ago | reply

    I got turned onto these this summer (well....summer just gone)
    he used one of those artificial powdered sweetners instead of sugar....I think because i dissolved quickly?...bloody nice drink though!

  3. Drunken Monkey 100 months ago | reply

    It doesn't take that long to make sugar solution and it keeps for ages. They're bloody nice when someone else makes them but its a bloody pain in the bloody arse when you are making a load of them for your bloody guests.

    At the moment I'm trying to perfect a Caipirinha which I think is similar. Its just made with cachaca (Brazillian rum), limes, sugar and ice cubes.
    I'll let you know how I get on.

  4. brendadada 93 months ago | reply

    Oh woah, now that looks just the business. Fabulous. I think daquiris too, but yes. You're fab DM, thanks.

    How did the Caipirinhas go then, eh?

  5. brendadada 93 months ago | reply

    Why are they a bloody pain to make, though Sam? Say for 6? Can I pre-crush the ice and keep it in the freezer? A bottle of sugar syrup is easily made the day before, isn't it? What am I missing?

  6. Drunken Monkey 93 months ago | reply

    Caipirinhas are similar in so much as they are simply lime juice, sugar and Cachaça (i.e. Brazillian rum) over ice cubes. Dead nice (if you like rum and lime) and dead easy.

    I've made crushed ice in advance and kept it in a large bowl in the freezer. Its a pain because of having to crush the ice and grind up the ingredients and stuff on demand. Its just too time consuming when you have a few guests waiting. More so than, say, a Moscow Mule, White Russian or Tequila Sunrise. Much nicer to be the recipient of a mojito. Also, I have to tell people to go easy with it as there's very little in it except ice. Its easy to suck all the good stuff out in a couple of goes and be left with a glass of ice.
    I like my mojitos when the condensation freezes on the outside of the glass.

    I make a decent sugar solution by simmering a pint of water and gradually adding a large bag of sugar, then storing it in a glass bottle. It seems to keep for months in the fridge.

    If you're making drinks for 6 I'd get loads of limes and squeeze them a few hours in advance as well (not for mojitos, obviously). You'll never see it done in cocktail bars but it saves loads of time and stops your bar becoming sticky when you have your guests around.

  7. Drunken Monkey 93 months ago | reply

    During the World Cup I kept a bottle of "mojito mix" in the fridge. It was my own pre-mixed rum, lime juice, and sugar solution. It did have mint in aswell but after a night in the fridge it went brown and looked like swamp water. I strained it in to another bottle to get shot of the brown mint and it turned out to be pleasantly infused.

    It lasted a few matches - popping to the fridge to pour it over some pre-crushed ice and top up with chilled soda water. Its not the same, though.

  8. brendadada 93 months ago | reply

    I've made sugar syrup before, yes it's a doddle. It's toffee cauht before it caramels, is all. Nice if you keep some strips of lemon rind in the dry sugar, too. So switch lemon for lime rind, yes? Those cheffy people store their vanilla pods in the sugar jar, but I don't know about vanilla sugar for this, although it does make good syrup.

    Mojitos it is then. :)

  9. Drunken Monkey 93 months ago | reply

    Ooh. I'm jealous now.
    Good luck, but you shouldn't need it. Just make sure you get plenty of limes and a bag or two of ice and you'll be fine.

    I don't think I've mentioned it here but I try to keep everything as cold as possible and I have a technique...
    Strip the leaves off a sprig of mint and be sure to keep the top couple of inches, with the tip intact.
    After muddling the lime, sugars and mint (a pinch of powdered sugar seems to help here) with the end of a wooden rolling pin, I add a couple of scoops of ice and stir. Then I add some more ice, then pour chilled rum through the ice and stir. (I think it helps to stop all the ice from melting too quickly if I do it this way). when the glass is maybe 2/3rds full I stir until it looks pretty and then top it up with ice. By this point it should only take a splash of soda water to fill the glass.
    Then add the straws and stick the top of the mint sprig in the top as garnish (see photograph, above).

    erm... I do tend to get a bit precious about my drinks, and while it is possible to make a perfect cocktail almost all the fun is in practising with a few critical friends.

  10. Drunken Monkey 92 months ago | reply

    Ooh, I've got the recipe they use in La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana. They don't crush the ice or go in for that faff outlined above:

    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
    2 tiny branches of mint
    2 oz sparkling water
    1 1/2 oz. of Silver Havana Club rum

    Stir all the ingredients in a mixing glass and pour over ice in a glass.
    La Bodeguita barman Jorge Lorenzo Viqueira Lee says the magical touch lies in crushing the tiny branches of mint so as to extract the juice from the stem.

  11. andyhewittlock [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

    All hail the mighty mojito. If you're ever in Dubrovnik, go to The Smoothie Bar, theirs are fab, best I've had yet.

  12. twk333 83 months ago | reply

    i used to make it with bacardi limon (no "good" regular rum in the bar), squeezed wedges of lime and lemon, fresh mint broken into pieces, sugar, and a splash of cranberry alize - women liked the color :)

    speaking of, many women like the simple amaretto stone sour, but i suppose most are tired of it

    btw, great set/series you have here

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