It must have been about 8 years ago, we were doing a walking tour of Havana (still remember all the people trying to sell us Cohiba cigars) when our guide, full of excitement said…” I’m about to take you for a drink in a very special place”. Turns out it was the old watering hole of none other than Ernest Hemingway. I don’t recall the name of the place, after-all we had just done doing a tour of a rum factory and I did give every beverage they make a special test. I do remember being asked to fork out $4 for a drink that looked like leaves in a glass. Turns out it was a Mojito and those leaves were the essence of the drink..mint!
A Cuban Classic, the Mojito!
1 1/2 oz Light Rum
3 tbsp (fresh) lime Juice
2 tsp Sugar
3 (Sprig) Mint
In a tall thin glass, crush part of the mint with a fork to coat the inside. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir thoroughly. Top with ice. Add rum and mix. Top off with *chilled* club soda (or seltzer). Add a lime slice and the remaining mint, and serve.
After some digging I found the name of the joint, it’s called La Bodeguita del Medi.
This pic was taken during our tour of Havana.. a very historic (Like much of old Havana) cathedral. The Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Havana (Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana)
The first time I heard the name of this drink I couldn’t help but think..”what a rude sounding drink”. Seems like we’re still in winter, even though spring was officially announced back in March. So what do I do on a gloomy day that sucks the life out of you? I break out the boxes with our vacation pics. Then I mix up a cocktail (I really dislike that word) and relive that vacation all over again. This time I’m watching pics we took at Darkwood beach in Antigua.
The drink? Sex on the beach!
1 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Peach Schnapps
Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass. Fill with equal measures of cranberry juice and grapefruit juice, and stir.
Serve in a Highball Glass or in that mug you purchased on the islands
Here’s a pic of Darkwood beach in Antigua…