Posted on | May 9, 2007 | 38 Comments |
Another Mojito recipe, you ask? Well, I hear that this blog has been typecasted as the cocktail blog, so to live up to the name Siv and I are trying to build a nice database of cocktail recipes. Ha ha, not really, but we haven’t been cooking much lately and haven’t been to any new restaurants, the only recipes pending in my drafts are two cocktails. So here is another sunny Mojito recipe for your drinking pleasure!
Check out my previous Mojito post to learn how to make a classic Mojito. Siv made this fabulous variation last weekend when we had some friends over for drinks before going to watch the Russell Peters show at the Moore Theatre. Russell Peters is a Canadian born Stand-up comedian of Indian origin, the most Non-PC comic I have ever seen, but hilarious nonetheless! Check out his website http://www.russellpeters.com/ for more info.
This drink is inspired by a Kumquat Mojito recipe from the New Asian Cuisine – Fabulous Recipes from Celebrity Chefs cookbook. The original recipe is by Chris Johnson, co-owner of New York’s Bao 111 restaurant. Siv modified the recipe by adding fresh mangoes and slightly changed the technique, and the drink was so refreshingly colorful and tasted just wonderful!
For those who haven’t heard of kumquats, these are tiny citrus fruits that look like miniature oranges. Since the rind is sweet and the inside is sour, kumquats are normally eaten whole along with the rind to contrast the sweet and sour flavors, a fact I learned from Susan of the delicious blog Food Blogga. Her almost pornographic description of her first kumquat bite made me run to the store to buy a big bag of these tiny fruits! This is the first time we are trying a recipe with kumquats though.
I normally don’t take step by step pictures of a recipe, mainly due to my laziness. But in this case, the end product looked plain and simple, but the in-betweens were much more colorful, so I have some pictures of the process too.
(For one drink)
- 3 kumquats + 1 for garnish
- 10 mint leaves
- 1/4 cup of skinned and diced ripe mango
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 oz white rum
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- Crushed ice
- 1 oz Club soda
Cut kumquats into half. In a large pitcher, muddle kumquats along with the mango pieces, mint leaves and sugar to release the juices. Add the rum and lime juice and stir well to combine. Add club soda and ice and mix well.
Strain the drink into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with kumquats and mint leaves. To make the garnish in the picture, make a small slit on top of a kumquat and fix the mint sprig in it. Make a slightly larger slit in the opposite side to fix it on the glass.
Enjoy the delicious Mojito!
Update April 2008
Upcoming post: Sangria!
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