I don’t remember when I was first introduced to mojitos, but I do remember when it officially became my favorite libation.
Las Vegas. Treasure Island. Before they became cool and hip and rebranded as “TI”. The hubs, his best friend, the wife and I all convened for a weekend of gambling (the boys) and shopping (the girls). While we ladies waited for our respective spouses to finish off table games and slots, we discovered an in-house restaurant/bar that served The. Best. Mojitos. The simple sugar syrup was just sweet enough to mask the potency of the alcohol and the mint was muddled just enough to release flavor and be easily imbibed.
I had boatloads of the stuff.
Sadly, the restaurant is no longer there, but my love for mojitos remains. Today, as I join in on Anne’s Dress Like a Libation week, I present to you both an outfit and a recipe worthy of my obsession. And because the drink itself is elegant in its simplicity, the only “garnish” I opted for with my ensemble is a pair of handmade (by me!) drop earrings and my signature circle necklace.
Salud, mi amigas!
12 fresh spearmint leaves
2 tablespoons simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, cooled) or 4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 ounces light rum (recommended: Bacardi)
Lime wedge and mint sprig, for garnish
In a tall glass, muddle or mash together the mint leaves and lime. Add the simple syrup or sugar and fill the glass with ice. Add the rum and top with club soda, stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. [This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant.]
EDIT: Okay, that was all fine and dandy. Now do you wanna see the winterized version? Because of course we’re still in the midst of our “storm” today and there was no way I was gonna freeze my tuckus off in the original iteration.
Winter mojitos? Is that even possible? Oh, yes! Yes it is, my friends!
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Maggy London @ eBay
Shoes – Charlotte Russe/Boots – Ross
Cardi – F21 /Jacket – F21
:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ Spy Girl