Sunday, June 24, 2007


My favourite summer cocktail is the mojito. I used to make them at the Grad Club when I was a bartender. The ingredients were a scoop of ice, a shot of white rum, the juice of half a lime, a handful of mint leaves and a spoonful of sugar. We would blitz the whole lot together in a blender then pour it slushy-style into an icing-sugar rimmed martini glass. It was really perfect!

Tonight S and I made our own version, and instead of straight sugar I made a cardamom-infused simple syrup.

Cardamom-infused simple syrup
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup sugar
sprinkle of ground cardamom
Combine ingredients and stir until sugar has dissolved. Tonight I let it cool on the stove top and then used it, but ideally it should be cooled in the fridge.

1 shot (or however much you fancy) white rum
7-8 torn mint leaves
4 tsp cardamom simple syrup OR 2 tsp sugar
juice of one lime
club soda
Combine everything and top up with club soda.

I think you could add more cardamom syrup than 4 tsp, as we taste tested both versions and didn't taste much a difference. I haven't yet figured out how to get the mint leaves to stay at the bottom of the glass. Maybe I should just keep them on the stalk and just submerge that. Does anyone know?


Anonymous said...

Leave them on the stem and mull them rather than wizz. Keeps them altogether at least.

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