We were in an Italian restaurant in Savannah last fall. I can’t even remember the name of the place, it was close to the hotel and we were tired and hungry. The food was average Italian-American, I can not remember what we ate, but boy do I remember the cocktails we had. It was on the menu as an Italian mojito and we loved it so much that upon leaving we made a point to track down the bartender and interrogate him about his creation. He gave us the macro view, but was a little vague about the finer points. So with high mojito season approaching (ok- I’ll admit it’s in full swing at stately Fred Manor) I have been working to perfect my version. Here it is.
Muddle some basil leaves (6-8) in about 1 1/2 ounces of lime juice with a few wedges of lime for effect To this add 1 1/2 ounces of limoncello. Fill the glass with a good scoop of crushed ice and then top off with prosecco. Enjoy!
Sundays in the summer when we are around have a nice rhythm in the Fred household. Get up, go to church, come home and adjourn to the pool for some relaxing and (of course) food, usually on the grill. As loyal readers will know I am much more partial to beer and wine than I am liquor but Mrs. F and I have gotten into the habit of having an afternoon “pool drink.” It varies somewhat: when local white peaches are in season we have been known to have a Bellini or a peach margarita. But generally over the last few years it has been the mojito. Lately however there has been discord in paradise as Mrs. F has a new favorite.
Fred’s Mojito. In a large glass:
2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
8-10 Fresh mint leaves
Muddle them together, crushing the mint to release the flavor. I got this one for father’s day some time ago and its wonderful. Then add
several lime quarters
1 1/2 to 2 oz. of simple syrup depending on your taste
2 oz of Bacardi Silver rum (don’t bother with anything else!)
Add a cup or so of crushed ice, top off with club soda and gently stir. If you’re feeling really fancy garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge. Enjoy.
NEXT: the interloper