|Mojito and Nojito|
Recipe adapted from Lynn
My friend Lynn is the queen of entertaining. Not only is she gracious and charming, she’s a natural planner, organizing and synthesizing details for all manner of theme parties in a way that seems effortless. She is ever calm, never rushed. When attending to last minute preparations as early guests arrive, she engages the guests as she goes about her work, inviting comment on placement of food and drink, or offering self-guided tours of the garden.
So leave it to Lynn to know the perfect drinks to serve to her husband’s college friend and his wife, even though she hadn’t met them yet. Not knowing whether they’d prefer refreshment of the alcoholic or nonalcoholic variety, she muddled up mint from her yard, lime, and local in-season strawberries, making a mixture that could go either way. This mojito-nojito strategy could also work well at parent-with-young-kid parties, or with other mixed groups.
|First Muddle: Squeezed Lime Quarters|
|First Muddle: Add Sugar and Mint|
If you have simple syrup on hand (or have time to make it), you can use about 2 tbsp. to replace the sugar in my recipe. Add it with the rum and club soda (or ginger ale). I’m too lazy today to make the syrup, so I’m muddling with some superfine sugar. It’s a holiday, after all.
Enjoy your Memorial Day. Cheers!
4-5 mint leaves
2 – 3 strawberries
1 tbsp. superfine sugar
1 ½ oz light rum (mojito)
Club soda (mojito)
Ginger ale (nojito)
Lime and/or mint for garnish (optional)
Slice half-lime into two wedges. Squeeze into a wide, flat-bottomed glass. Add sugar. Use muddler to squish the limes. Be sure to bruise lime skin to squeeze out the essential oils. Add mint leaves and muddle more. Pour this into glass.
Cut strawberries into bite-sized pieces, and muddle more gently, releasing their juice. Add to glass.
Add rum to glass. Add ice. Pour in club soda and stir to blend. Garnish with lime wedge or mint leaf.
Slice half-lime and squeeze both wedges into glass and muddle as for mojito, but don’t add sugar. When lime is muddled, add mint and continue muddling as for mojito. Pour this into glass.
Cut up strawberries and muddle as for mojito. Add strawberries to glass.
Add ginger ale and ice. Stir to blend. Garnish with lime wedge or mint leaf.
Feel the refreshment!