Dear Flavorista Readers,
Before today's post, I would like to apologize for being so absent in the last few months. I have been hard at work on a project that is launching in the fall and I cannot wait to tell you about it but I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement so mum's the word for now. I also underestimated the amount of work that goes into sending a child with serious health issues off to kindergarten in the fall – This I will place into the I wish life could be easier file. Finally, Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking (Sterling, November 2011) is quickly becoming a reality, I am so excited for the book to be in my hands (and yours), only 5 short months.
Peace, love and kindness to you ~ Kimberly
Now onto the mint of the matter…
I mojitos. I happen to think they are the ultimate summer refresher but I have always wished they could be made with the ease of a perfect gin and tonic.
Then I remembered that in my past life I was the juice wizard for Fresh Samantha so I figured out an easier way to make perfect mojitos for a crowd. No muddler needed, blender required. The recipe development work was tough stuff, let me tell you. Ha!
It starts with a minty lime syrup whipped up in a blender. Then you make a drink base with white rum and limemade (homemade or store-bought – your choice). I made my syrup with Minute Maid Limeade Concentrate and used Newman's Own for the limeade. All of the recipes are below
Heidi has an excellent recipe for homemade limeade concentrate if you are interested in doing everything from scratch and are adverse to corn syrup. I generally pass on corn syrup but I was going for easy here and I promise I am not drinking mojitos on a daily basis.
Lime and Mint Syrup
2/3 cup packed mint leaves
1 (12 oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate
Add the two ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a jar or bottle. This can be kept in the freezer for up to one month.
Mojito Drink Base
one recipe of Lime and Mint Syrup (above)
1 1/4 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups limeade (homemade or store-bought)
Add ingredients to a 1-qt. container and shake well. Store in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to make Mojitos in a Minute. You should have a plan for mojitos when you make-up this base, it only holds well for a few days before the mint flavor starts to diminish.
Mojitos in a Minute
(I will be inserting a photo at some point in the future – I forgot to snap one)
Mojito Drink Base (recipe above)
slices of lime and fresh mint sprigs (optional garnish)
Fill one or several tall glasses with ice. Fill half the glass with the Mojito drink base and top with club soda. Add a straw and give the drink a good stir. If desired, garnish with lime slices and fresh mint. And before you can say muddle, you are enjoying one perfectly easy, exceptionally refreshing mojito.
Cool, minty lime bliss!
PS – If you have non-drinkers in the crowd, you can make a virgin Mojito: Fill a tall glass with ice, fill with 1/2 limeade and 1/2 club soda leaving a small amount of room for 1-2 Tbsp. of Minty Lime Syrup (1st recipe above). Give the drink a quick stir with a straw.