My Dutch friend, Adrie, got me hooked on mojitos. When we go out, he has one as an aperitif and then switches to red wine for the meal.
The way to make a mojito great, instead of just squeezing lime juice, is to mash the complete cut lime and release the skin's citrus oils. I’ve found the easiest way to do this at home is with a standard British pint glass and a wooden rolling pin (the solid wood kind, not the one with handles and rollers on the end).
Here’s the recipe:
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In a glass, put one key lime quartered, 2 mint leaves, 1 ounce silver rum and 1 ounce simple syrup (you can make your own by boiling water and sugar). Mash all ingredients for a few seconds. Pour into a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with club soda to taste and garnish with some mint leaves. -- Jay Francis