“My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.” – This is a signed quote hanging in La Floridita, Cuba, a place famous for its notorious past. I have heard that, people visit this place less for drinks and more for having a conversation with the patrons. Needless to say, I’m a Hemingway fan, so I got to like the drink that, he used to like, right?
He was not only one of the finest novelists was also, one of the world’s most famous drinkers. Aren’t they all? He used to have a number of rum based cocktail recipes to his fame. The most famous is of course the Mojito. To be honest, my husband makes a killer mojito any day and he gets pretty rave reviews from our friends everytime he makes one. He is pretty meticulous about making it too. He won’t use previously made simple syrup nor will he use the store bought lime juice concentrate. He takes his time to muddle the mint with sugar and lime juice. And, its work, especially, when you are serving mojito to a big group of friends.
I would love to visit Cuba with him someday and have a drink at Hemingway’s two favorite hang out places – La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio and get a taste of his signature cocktail. Until that happens, here is my Strawberry Mojito recipe that I learned from watching him.
Yesterday was CRAZY. A huge deliverable was due and as always, nothing is completed until the very last day, right? When I came home, I had to attend to my 4 year old’s tantrums and boy! was I drained. (kids are such energy suckers, I tell you!!) I needed a drink and there you go. This is what I mixed for me.
3 Tbsp Sugar. Use Sweetener if you want to cut down on sugar.
5 or 6 fresh strawberries cut into small pieces
1 sprig mint
1 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces rum
Soda water or Sparkling water
Place 4 or 5 small strawberry pieces in each glass and add 2-3 mint leaves on top. Juice about a tsp. of lime juice into each glass and add about 2 tbsp of sugar.
Using the back of a spoon, gently mull the strawberries, mint, and lime juice together until the strawberries and mint begin to macerate.
Add the rum, ice cubes, then fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water or club soda.
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