Yesterday I finally got to finish one of the things that was making me crabby all week.
Don't you hate when something you dread is hanging over your head and you know it's hanging there but you can't do anything to make it hurry up because it has to happen at a specific time and...
On the drive home on Sunday night after completing the 'hanging over your head' thing, I told Mr. Jenny, "I feel like having a drink when we get home."
"Do you think you should have a drink when you've been down in the dumps all week? Is that a good idea?" Mr. Jenny enquired. "What kind of a drink?"
"It's Sunday night and I'm officially over my 'oh poor me' week. What about a mojito?"
"A mojito. Remember how when we went to that nursery this summer the guy talked us into buying some mint plants and told us that they made the best mojitos? Why don't we try making one of those?"
"Oh, yeah," Mr. Jenny said thoughtfully. "I'm sure we have all the stuff to make them."
After we got home, I asked Mr. Jenny to get out all of the alcohol we have in the house, and I would go google the recipe. I printed it out and went back to the kitchen.
On the counter were three bottles of alcohol. One bottle held about an inch of cointreau. The second held about two inches of vodka. The final bottle was filled almost to the top with spiced rum. Mr.Jenny held up the rum bottle triumpantly, "I found this way in the back of the cupboard underneath the bag of dog food! Look, it's almost full."
"Isn't that disgusting stuff?" I enquired. "Well, no matter because, look, the recipe calls for rum, and that will be perfect. While you go pick the mint, I'll find the rest of the stuff we need."
4 mint leaves
1 lime (for juicing)
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 ounces white rum
2 ounces club soda
1 sprig of mint (for garnishing)
1. Put the mint leaves into a Collins glass and squeeze the lime juice over them.
2. Add the powdered sugar and then muddle the mint, lime juice and sugar together. Add crushed ice.
3. Stir in the rum and top off with the club soda.
4. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Servings: Makes one drink.
Oh boy oh boy! YessirreeBob, I was gonna be lounging on the couch with a refreshing Mojito in just a matter of minutes! I gathered the ingredients.
4 fresh mint leaves that Mr. Jenny was picking. Check.
Lime juice. I didn't have any limes but I did have an almost empty carton of lemonade in the fridge. Check.
Powdered sugar. Check.
White rum. I figured that had to be pretty close to spiced rum. Check.
No club soda but there was some tonic water in the cabinet. Check.
More mint. Check.
Crushed ice. Check.
Mr. Jenny came back shortly with a big bowl filled with mint leaves and a hopeful look on his face.
We squeezed...we muddled...we stirred...we crushed...we garnished...
We did it twice. A drink for each of us. To celebrate the end of a long week.
We ran to the sink to spit it out.
It definitely made us both say..."MOJIT-NO!"
I'm sure it couldn't have had anything to do with those few, small, very minor substitutions.
And because I do have almost that full bottle of spiced rum left, if I ever invite you over for cocktails, you might want to play it on the safe side, and say ...
"Ummm...gosh...ummm...I think I need to give my dog a bath..."
It would be safer for you.
PS. And just in case you're inclined to try, I'll also add that spiced rum and squirt are a pretty disgusting combination, too. Even if you try splashing in the vodka and cointreau. Ummm... ewwwwwwww... (but it might work to take paint of furniture)