Mojito with a Twist and a Shopping List

July 11th is National Mojito Day – turns out that pretty much everyday of the year has some food or drink attached with it.  I am not so sure we need a National Blueberry Muffin Day (which incidentally is also the 11th) but I think any excuse to drink a mojito is a good one.  The mojito surged in popularity a decade ago but really has been around forever.  Back when they first became popular most bartenders hated making them because they required muddling.  Now if you order a cocktail and it doesn’t come with some muddled element, a homemade tonic, slapped basil and a nitrous foam you may as well just order a Bud heavy!  I still like the original version as it’s refreshing and perfect for the summer but years ago we began experimenting by using tequila instead of the traditional rum.  The sharpness of the tequila is really great with the mint and keeps it from getting too sweet.  I have also switched out the usual sugar or simple syrup for agave nectar since tequila is made from agave, they are natural friends.  There is no rule that says you have to wait untill tomorrow and its official day to have a mojito though – it is Fiesta Friday after all.

Mojito with a Twist (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration: long summer nights on the deck

Special Equipment:  cocktail shaker and muddler (or use a wooden spoon)

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 lime quarters
  • 1 ounce agave nectar
  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • club soda
  • ice

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker muddle (i.e. crush with a muddler or a wooden spoon) the mint leaves, lime quarters and agave.  Normally I don’t like dirtying up another vessel and would just say muddle it directly in the glass but I have seen way too many break that way.  If you have a really sturdy one go ahead, otherwise use a shaker.  Pour in the tequila, shake it up and pour the contents into a glass (don’t strain it like you would with most drinks, it’s nice to have the crushed lime and mint in the drink to keep giving off flavor).  Add ice and club soda to cover, stir, and a sprig of mint if you are feeling fancy.

Mojito with a Twist

  • Servings: 1
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Special Equipment:  cocktail shaker and muddler (or use a wooden spoon)

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 lime quarters
  • 1 ounce agave nectar
  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • club soda
  • ice

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker muddle (i.e. crush with a muddler or a wooden spoon) the mint leaves, lime quarters and agave.  Pour in the tequila, shake it up and dump the contents into a glass (don’t strain it like you would with most drinks, it’s nice to have the crushed lime and mint in the drink to keep giving off flavor).  Add ice and club soda to cover, stir, and a sprig of mint if you are feeling fancy.

Here is the shopping list for this week’s menu calendar dishes which can be found here.

Shopping List for July 13-17

Items are tagged with the day of the week they are used so if you don’t want to cook that day just scratch it off.

  • jasmine rice  (Tues)
  • 1 can coconut milk (Tues)
  • fish sauce (Tues – it’s not for anyone so you can omit)
  • soy sauce (Tues)
  • garlic (Tues/Wed)
  • 3 hot peppers – calls for red but green works too (Tues)
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef (Tues)
  • 3 cups basil leaves (Tues/Wed)
  • green beans (Tues)
  • 2 onions (Wed/Thurs)
  • 2 pounds zucchini (Wed)
  • 1 pound pasta (Wed)
  • 1 cup ricotta (Wed)
  • 1 lemon (Wed)
  • parmesan or pecorino (Wed)
  • chicken sausages (Thurs)
  • 1 bell pepper (Thurs)
  • hot dog buns (Thurs)
  • mixed greens – and the fixings for salad dressing if you don’t have them already (Thurs)
  • bag of potato chips – let’s make em Cape Cod (Thurs)

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