While looking for a respite from my beloved favorite late nite cocktail, the sidecar, I have been experimenting with other mixed drinks. I like to make mojitos at home because I get to muddle and shake my drink. Muddling takes some frustration out of the day, and shaking makes you feel invigorated, if not somewhat scientific. Recently I ran out of light rum and substituted tequila. Finally I settled on some leftover vodka I had in the freezer and it worked like a charm. My latest crave is an adaptation of a recipe by Fidel Vasquez, head bartender of Barrio Chino. This drink will transport you to a cigar plantation in Cuba even if you’ve never been there.
Vodka Ginger Mojito
2 slices fresh ginger
¼ lime, halved
8 leaves fresh mint
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
2 ½ ounces smooth vodka
1 tbsp light brown sugar
Seltzer or club soda
In a heavy bottomed glass, muddle ginger and mint until aromas release.
Add limes and sugar. Muddle some more.
In a shaker, add three broken ice cubes, vodka,
seltzer, lemon juice, & simple syrup.
Add muddled mixture to shaker.
Shake vigorously for ten seconds.
Serve and enjoy!