Winter is here, the time when Cape Cod rests, recoups and re-energizes. The snowbirds have gone and the hospitality industry uses this time to relax or renovate or travel.
We all need some rest and warm weather. And Cuba is only 90 miles south of the states. It’s a quick jaunt to steamy Havana where you’ll find pineapples and coconuts and great-tasting Mojitos! Try the recipe below – and you’ll believe you’re in Havana.
The Model A Ford Club of America’s Arizona Chapter (http://mafca.com/chapters/AZ.html) recently sent some ambassadors to evaluate Cuba’s Mojitos. They gathered at La Bodeguita Del Medio, one of the most famous bars in Havana, a hangout of Ernest Hemingway, where touristas write their name on the walls as proof of their visit. If you don’t have a felt marker with you, a kid will loan you one for a small fee. So popular is this custom that the restaurant is forced to repaint its walls every few years.
2 ounces white rum
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon sugar (or ¾ ounce simple syrup)
5 mint leaves
1 to 2 ounces seltzer
Mint sprig for garnish
Shake rum, lime juice, sugar and mint leaves well with ice, strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, then pour seltzer into shaker to rinse ice and chill the seltzer. Strain seltzer into glass. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig.