One of my favorite places to visit on vacation is pretty much anywhere in the Caribbean and with this summer weather we have been having lately I thought it would be a great week to make a Mojito with you. I originally tried a Mojito in Jamaica (my favorite place) several years ago. I find it hard to find a good mojito in the U.S. since the main ingredient, Mint is hard to come by at your typical restaurant/bar. Not to mention the love and care it takes to make a great mojito. I think the success in making a GREAT mojito comes down to two important things:
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There’s nothing worse than a poorly made mojito and it’s usually because the bartender’s ratios are off. It all needs to be perfect to achieve that perfect taste. Measure your ingredients!
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lime cut into 4 wedges
- 2 tbsp simple sugar syrup
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 ½ oz white rum
- ½ cup club soda
- Place 10 fresh mint leaves and one lime wedge into glass and use a muddler to release the mint and lime juices.
- Add 2 more lime wedges, muddler some more and then add your simple sugar syrup. (see below)
- Fill the glass with ice, add rum, soda water and stir to taste.
- Add the last lime wedge as a garnish for your glass.
Simple Sugar Syrup Recipe:
Very Simple…take one cup of water and one cup of sugar and place into a saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved about 5 minutes. Let it cool and place into a bottle for future cocktail recipes.
What’s better than having one margarita? Having two!
Although I usually prefer a martini or a flavored Polish vodka these wedges have given me a new appreciation for tequila. There is something about the salt and lime combination that puts your taste buds into a salsa dance that leaves you wanting more. The experience takes me back to when I was kid eating lemon heads for the first time from a friend at school…at first your taste buds were like (and yes mine talk), “Whoa, what’s going on here?!…these are sour…but then if you hold onto the lemon head long enough it becomes an enjoyable experience.” Same thing with these margarita wedges…they send you off in a cocktail experience that will make you say, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.”
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- 12 cup of limes (Persian limes are preffered if you can find ‘em)
- 1 cup limeade
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- ¾ cup tequila
- 2 tablespoons sweetened lime juice
- Kosher salt to be used to top your wedges
1) Lime Shells:
- This is the most time consuming part of the recipe but it is the secret to making these magical wedges! You will need to take your limes and cut them in half.
- Then you will need to scrape out the insides with a spoon, leaving the dry white pith behind.
- One tip is to pull back a piece of the inside of the lime with a spoon and once it gathers a big enough piece, use your fingers to pull the rest out…sorta like peeling an orange.
- Add limeade and gelatin to a saucepan. Wait 2 minutes until gelatin has wrinkled.
- Take saucepan and dissolve over low-medium flame for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add tequila, triple sec and sweetened lime juice.
- Pour gelatin mixture into empty lime shells.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hrs.
- Once the gelatin has set, you can then cut the wedge in half and decorate with kosher salt.