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Offline JJay

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How to make a mojito?
« on: May 27, 2006, 03:03:00 PM »
I've just learned that my friend has mint growing at the bottom of their garden.  Yippee.  I've got an idea of how to make them from watching the bartenders but does anyone have a particular way of making them.  
 
 I'm just about to pop round now and do a bit of gardening for her!!!
 
 All recipes gratefully received.
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2006, 10:58:00 PM »
I watched the bar tender in Coz make them.  They were really good, as good as Tefy's at Bohemia Havana.
 
 I think the secret is to work the mint and sugar together and not add too much rum.
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2006, 11:22:00 PM »
They had rum in them   :D    :D    :D    :D    :D    :D    :D    :D    :D    :D    :D

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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2006, 12:48:00 PM »
My mint in the garden is ready for the mojitos.
 
 Now I just have to figure out how to make them.  Trial and error.    :rof:    :rof:
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2006, 03:01:00 PM »
Mine tasted fowl.  Perhaps English mint just won't do.  It certainly looks completely different to the mint in Cuba.  I tried crushing it well but it really was the worst drink I have ever tasted.
 
 I did of course force it down because it contained alcohol!!!
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2006, 04:48:00 PM »
I haven't actually tried to make one yet, maybe I'll try tonight.  
 
 I'll let you know how it tastes.  
 
 I have spearmint, peppermint and chocolate mint growing.
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2006, 11:31:00 PM »
I can't remember where I read it, but there is a special kind of mint used to make Mojitos...
 
 Personally, I tend to go light on the mint, and heavy on the rum  ;)    ;)    ;)
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2006, 01:25:00 PM »
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  I can't remember where I read it, but there is a special kind of mint used to make Mojitos...
 
I had read that too when I planted my mint last year.  I Googled it and found an anwer on Cuba Mania--  Cuban mint or "Mentha nemorosa Willd. is actually a cross between spearmint Mentha spicata L. and the round leaved mint or apple mint Mentha suaveolens Ehrh".  From this I take it that our closest match in mints would be spearamint.  I read that you definitely should not use peppermint.  I must go out in my garden and read the little sign to see what I bought this year  ;)  ......  :moj:
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2006, 08:22:00 AM »
I have lots of spearmint so I'm ok.     :D  
 
 I'm going to try the chocolate mint in a mojito, I'll do the taste challenge.  Yeah I know it's a tough job but somebody has to do it.     :rof:    :rof:
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2006, 12:26:00 PM »
My Mojito method (I used to manage a Cuban restaurant/ bar & was taught by the best!):
 
 In a highball glass drop in three pinched sprigs of mint, including the stems - preferably from the top of the plant!
 
 Add 1 heaping tspn white sugar
 
 Add 1/2 tspn lime juice - preferably squeezed from 1/4 of fresh lime!
 
 Mottle with a long teaspoon - bar-type. The purpose is to release the essence of the mint into the lime and sugar.
 
 Add ice and 1 & 1/2 ozs. of HC. My preference is Anejo Reserva, but my Cuban friends tell me it should be made with 3 yr!
 
 Add sparkling Mineral water (Club Soda will also do in a pinch).
 
 And 2 drops of Angostura Bitters - this is the traditional way of making it, but I know some of you hate the Bitters...to each their own, I say.
 
 Stir with long spoon (to bring the mint up from the bottom and ensure that sugar is liquified). For parties, serve with a straw and a sprig of fresh mint stuck in the end of the straw.
 
 If you still don't get it right, I just might have to have a Mojito-making party over here this summer! I could teach you all a few Cuban cocktails...that might even make Tefy jealous!   ;)  
 
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2006, 05:44:00 PM »
thanks for the recipe Char     :D
 
 I tried it out today, and they turned out perfectly.
 
   Fresh picked mint from the garden was fabulous.  
 
 the first batch I tried, I didn't put enough sugar in, but the second batch was better and now on to the third.     :rof:    :rof:
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2006, 06:55:00 PM »
You're very welcome Heather! I know what you mean about the sugar! I actually use 2 tspns for my own Mojito's but everbody around me always complains that they're too sweet, so I use 2 for me and 1 for everyone else!
 And I have the mint growing out back too...hmmm, come to think of it...I think I'll go and get to work on my first batch!
 You must be on your 4th by now!   :rof:     :rof:     :rof:

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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2006, 02:34:00 PM »
No wonder my tasted horrible I thought it was made with lemonade.  I'll have to give it another try but with mineral water.  The rest of it I did correctly.
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2006, 04:06:00 PM »
I tried it, to the recipee above, mine didn't taske right either, I think I may have put to much mint in, it tasted horrible.  never mind roll on Oct, when I can taste a proper one again.
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Re: How to make a mojito?
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2006, 12:42:00 PM »
DH found mint in our garden too - thought it had died years ago.
 
 Still experimenting, but like all good barmaids, I'm drinking my mistakes     ;)
 
 PS the recipe on the Havana Club 3year old light rum that we bought in Cuba works well - at least my translation of it from the Spanish does   :moj:
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