classic cocktails: mojito

classic cocktails: mojitoBefore my girlfriend made me mojitos this summer I was a total nonbeliever in the deliciousness of the mojito. While at the cottage in July she offered to make us a couple mojitos as we happened to have all the ingredients on hand. I was all “No thanks, I hate mojitos” and she was all “No way! No one hates mojitos! You just haven’t had a good one yet”. I assumed she was biased by her love for anything with mint (see green sangria which she loved, and I tolerated). However, it turned out to be true. The only mojito I had ever had were the ones you get at tropical destinations where they are just straight up rum with a sprig of mint in them. Quality mixing made all the difference!

The only way we strayed from the classic recipe was by replacing white rum with some amber rum. Amber and spiced rum have a much smoother and sweeter taste, I don’t know why you would ever use white rum if you had a choice.

mojito

  • Servings: individual
  • Time: 7mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: mojitoThe only way we strayed from the classic recipe was by replacing white rum with some amber rum. Amber and spiced rum have a much smoother and sweeter taste, I don’t know why you would ever use white rum if you had a choice.

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. rum (white or amber)
  • 2 tsp. white sugar
  • 10 sprigs of mint
  • 1 lime
  • club soda to top

Directions:

  1. In any vessel of your choosing (though not too large) add 2 tsp. white sugar, 10 mint leaves and juice of half of the lime, and muddle using a muddler or wooden spoon
  2. Add 2 oz. of rum and stir vigorously
  3. Cut the remaining half lime into quarters and add to glass, top with ice cube and club soda
  4. Enjoy!

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktail

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailStrawberry daiquiris, the not frozen variety since summer is over…however, I did make an amazing frozen strawberry daiquiri this summer using a favourite recipe from a friend…maybe I’ll have to share that one next…even if it is off season :)

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailI had some strawberry schnapps leftover from a sangria recipe this summer, so I turned the classic daiquiri into a classic strawberry daiquiri with minimal effort. Totally delicious and a fraction of the work of muddling fruit (plus I’m not crazy about the gritty texture of muddled fruit in a non-frozen drink). After a couple cocktails I got too confident in my lime juicing and stopped measuring… I quickly learned that you have to be cautious with the lime, it was easy to get too sour of a cocktail if you aren’t careful.

classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktail

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: strawberry daiquiri cocktailThe classic daiquiri calls for no ice in the glass, but I always have frozen strawberries in the freezer which worked out great for keeping the cocktail cool and adding a little true strawberry flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. rum
  • 2 oz. strawberry schnapps
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice (approx. 2 limes)
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • ice
  • strawberries for garnish (frozen if you have them!)

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add all ingredients except for the frozen strawberries and shake vigorously
  2. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with frozen strawberries to keep it cool
  3. Enjoy!

drunken pineapple

This was a treat I made last summer at the cottage. Everyone munched on this throughout the week, put it in drinks, and at the end of the week we tossed what was left in the blender with some more rum…yum!

drunken pineapple

  • Servings: snack
  • Time: 15 minutes + overnight
  • Difficulty: easy
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Drunken Pineapple

Ingredients:

  • fresh pineapple
  • 1-2 cups Malibu (or other coconut rum)

Directions:

  1. Core and cut pineapple into bite sized chunks
  2. Place in a shallow container and pour enough Malibu over top to cover the pineapple
  3. Place in the fridge overnight
  4. Enjoy as a happy hour snack, use to garnish a drink, or add it to sangria