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Speaking of Rum – Marley Inspired Mojitos

March 17, 2012

The Cruise Story Continues… On one of the islands, we left the cruise ship to venture out where we thought we might end up close to a beach but in fact we found ourselves across the harbour in another tourist centre. We found a very cool bar playing just the right tempo of Marley in the background and had a most memorable Mojito for lunch in true island style, and simply enjoyed some people watching and the music in the background. Once home, my quest became to hunt down these island inspired drinks and recipes.

This is the absolute best Mojito concoction I have found, after a tremendous amount of research and sampling and meticulous checking of ingredients, repeated many times over, you appreciate. Good rum and good mint makes this drink the most thirst quenching when in the heat of it all – be it in the Caribbean or on a backyard patio in Alberta’s brief but sultry summer. Enjoy!

Marley Inspired Mojitos

Ingredients

1 c. gold rum
1/4 c. lime juice
1/4 c. sugar in the raw (that’s the brown not the white)

A liberal dash of lime zest

Couple drops of Angostura Bitters
3 c. club soda – or top with champagne instead of soda to make it really classy

8 -10 leaves of fresh mint.

Directions

Mix all but mint in a blender for about 15 seconds.
Pour into tall glasses full of ice with 8-10 crushed mint leaves (use a rolling pin).

Hint – good ice is considered to have been made in the last 24 hours. I don’t exactly know why – just a tip from someone in the business.

Charge it up with tablespoon of chopped fresh fruit in each glass (strawberries, mango, blueberries, etc.) along with the mint and/or a stick of sugar cane. This recipe will make 4 drinks.

Ratio: 2 oz of rum to 6 oz of club soda or champagne.

Play a little Marley in the background, ignore the snow that’s still out there in some parts of our country, and transport yourself to the island, Mon, where everting continues to be ‘Arie, as in All Right! Island people are known to be some of the absolute happiest in the world. God bless ’em. We sure felt a lot of very happy vibes from many of the island people we met. They just keep smiling and enjoying life so much. Well, who wouldn’t, with great music, good rum, beautiful beaches and warm weather to inspire your spirit? A place where your heart is filled, for sure.

I’ve run out of photos for some of my recipes, so enjoy some of the scenery – this clip the entrance to the very beautiful St. Lucia Harbour.

Best from my heart tonight to you, once again.
Jilly

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3 Comments
  1. Oh, there’s nothing like a good mojito. The Cubans make divine ones. Going back there soon no matter what.

    • So nice to hear from you Cynthia. I would be most interested in Mojitos in Cuba! We hope to make it there on one of our next trips. Funny how we would go that far for a good drink but food and drink like this always tastes better at point of origin doesn’t it?

  2. Kammie permalink

    I love mojitos. Thanks for sharing.

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