This week’s recipe comes from Camilla Gray (Manager, Hammertown/Gt. Barrington). It is inspired by the new handmade wooden Muddlers we are now carrying in her store. Click here to read more about these beautiful muddlers.
Probably the best known drink in which a Muddler is used is the popular and tasty Mojito! Muddled mint is used in the following classic recipe. Many think of the Mojito as a Mexican cocktail but it is actually from Cuba and was a favorite beverage of Ernest Hemingway (though we encourage you to drink them more responsibly than he did).
CLASSIC MOJITO RECIPE
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste*
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1.5 ounces of white rum
- ½ cup club soda
Place mint leaves & 2 lime wedges into a glass. Use a muddler (now available at Hammertown Gt. Barrington!) to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice and fill the glass with the club soda. Stir, taste, & add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.
(Makes 1 Mojito)
For a refreshing twist, try spearmint instead of mint.
*For a low-carb Mojito, substitute stevia (or similar) for the sugar to taste.