Mojito MommasPosted: June 25, 2011
The other night was GNO (Girls’ Night Out), but really it was GNI at S’s lovely and inviting home. I had been looking forward to this evening for weeks. With my boy out-of-town, I knew that I could stay out late with girlfriends and sleep in. Such a treat after months of 4 a.m. wake-up calls. GNO turned out to be every bit as fun, relaxing and delicious as anticipated.
When friends began divvying up the menu that would feature Island Pork Tenderloin Salad, I knew immediately the perfect starter for our mid-summer GNO: Mojitos! Rum, limes and mint poured over crushed ice would create the ultimate balance to a sultry Richmond evening. I scanned the on-line recipes in search of the proper proportion of ingredients for a dozen thirsty mommas.
First up, the mint. My own harvest looked better than what I saw at the stores. The recipes I perused called for lots of mint leaves per drink, so I culled a huge handful from my pot.
After rinsing and drying the leaves, I threw them into a large glass pitcher, along with a cleaned and quartered lime. With my wooden muddle stick, I mashed the leaves together with the juice and peel of the lime. After that, concocting the rest of the drink was a breeze.
Normally I would make my own simple sugar and hand-squeeze limes, but I stumbled upon these at Martin’s and sampled them the night before. The Stirring’s Simple Syrup and Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice tasted great in my test mojito. Saving a lot of time, I simply poured 12 ounces of each into the glass pitcher, and off to S’s we went. Upon arrival, I added a fifth (750 ml) of rum to the pitcher.
S had the ideal chalice for the mojitos: her grandmother’s crystal sherbet cups. What a clever use for a dated object. To these cups, I added crushed ice that the nice produce man at Whole Foods kindly gave me when I inquired. Just top the ice with a lime slice and pour the rum mixture over it to at least half-full (depending on how strong you want it), then fill the remainder of the glass with chilled club soda.
Cheers! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful evening, S! It sure lived up to its billing and couldn’t have been a better kick-off to official summer.
All photos by Avad Fan.