The weekend isn't over yet, nor is is hot weather, so why not treat yourself to the best summer refreshment - mojito. I found a great recipe few years ago and the reactions I get every time I make it are positive, to say the least. For me, this is the ultimate picnic drink, but I'll explain that in a moment.
Here's the video I got it from:
I always use brown sugar and I'm not really sure how they came up with using white here, whatever. Thanks to the blending, the flavours are really intensive and the grated lime skin really adds something special.
What I usually do is prepare the base and pour it into a plastic bottle and tell someone else to bring soda water and plastic cups wherever we're meeting. Then we're just mixing it with the water in the cup, each to their own linking. It's really convenient and much better than just drinking beer in a park.
Just to make it easier, here are the ingredients for a 0,7l bottle of rum:
- a large handful of fresh spearmint leaves (believe me, peppermint won't work here)
- 1,5 cup brown sugar (more like demerara, muscovado won't do at all, also, you may think that's a lot - it's not)
- 0,75 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- a generous tablespoon of freshly grated lime peel
- loads and loads of ice
- a 0,7l bottle of golden or white rum (never dark)
- a 1,5l bottle of soda water