Mojo

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!