Tuesday, July 31, 2007

6) Strawberry Mojito

.75 oz. Sailor Jerry rum
.75 oz. Neisson white rhum
.5 oz. agave nectar
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 strawberries
8 mint leaves

In a hiball glass muddle the strawberries and mint with the agave nectar. Add the rest of the ingredients, ice, then top with soda. Garnish with a mint leaf and strawberry.

Our initial idea was to pair the rum with blueberries (frankly, I think it was just because Ed wanted to name the drink sailor berry). We started with the base by muddling a handful of blueberries with the Sailor Jerry. It tasted great, and we figured all we needed were a few touches to round out the flavors and we'd be set. Unfortunately the blueberries turned out to be a rather intractable foe.

We tried many things and each time we lost both the notes of the berries and the rum. It was about that time that H. dropped by the bar and we quickly fell upon him for some advice. He (very politely) agreed that our drinks were...Lacking and began rattling off numerous suggestions for ways in which we could punch things up*. We quickly seized upon the suggestion of Neisson white rhum (made with pure sugar cane rather than the more ubiquitous molasses).

It was Ed's idea to pull back a little and make a variation on a classic cocktail - the Mojito. After a flurry of mint, blueberries, and booze we were ready to call it a day with another drink of the week done. Except for the part that the drink sucked. The blueberries were doing nothing but mocking us with their useless, broken bodies. Riding on the hopes that they would be more flavorful, we decided to give strawberries a try. Fortunately for our sanity, the strawberries were perfect. They help up well to the rums and made and excellent compliment to the mint and lime juice while none of the said elements overwhelmed the flavors of the rums.

*Talking to H. about cocktails is like talking to Schrödinger about his cat.

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