Wednesday, April 20, 2011
When things get hot...
A place were everything is hot (from the temperature to the people) Miami definitely sparked some cravings for hot and spicy food. So naturally I needed a refreshing beverage to cool things down with. It had to be something fruity and tart. Put the baby to bed, add some rum, and you've got a recipe for my beverage of choice - the Mojito!
Because we were in beautiful Miami, surrounded by palm trees and sunny beaches, I couldn't just stop there. It had to be a special kind of mojito, a mango mojito...
(yield: 1 large pitcher, 8-10 servings)
juice of 4 limes
2 limes, each cut into 16 pieces
1 large, ripe mango, pureed in a blender or food processor
1/2 cup mint leaves, torn
4 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups rum
1 liter tonic water
crushed ice, as needed
Place the lime juice, limes, mango puree, mint, and sugar into a large pitcher. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, smash everything together. Add the rum and tonic water, and stir well to combine.
At this point, you can chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour (though this step is optional, it does help to bring out all the flavors of the mojito).
Fill each glass about 1/3 of the way full with ice, pour in mojito, and sip away.