Wednesday, January 31, 2007

little havana


For anyone who hasn't yet heard, South Bay is 2007's South Beach of the west. I say this, not because the Googleplex breathes sexy in that beachy-pastel/Art Deco-kind of way, but because Scott's awesome mojito recipe comes not from Mango's Tropical Cafe but rather La Bodeguita del Medio, which sits right along California Ave. in Palo Alto.

12 mint leaves with stems
1 tsp sugar
2 oz citrus rum (I make a living marketing alcoholic beverages and am not afraid to suggest Bacardi Limon)
2 oz fresh citrus juice (lemon/lime)
2 oz soda water

In a collins glass, place mint and a teaspoon of sugar. Crush the mint using a muddler. Add rum and citrus. Mix again with muddler. (Scott actually has a muddler - and it did a great job releasing the flavor of the mint - but for those of you without, use a spoon.) Finish with soda water followed by crushed ice. Garnish with full stem of mint.

The original plan was to have a mojito-off, Berkeley vs. San Jose, limes, lemons, and mint. But considering each tasting amounted to two mojitos each, we never actually made it to Contestant No. 2. Though I'm fairly certain that Berkeley would have won.

I feel guilty saying that it was all very fun, given that it was a day of mourning for anyone whose heart belongs with New England. (And I would proudly describe myself as such).

Tom, Troy, Corey, if you wanted to drop by, we'd be happy to fix you a few, extra strong...for another kind of Miami experience.


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PMB said...

My teammates are coming to SF and might see you.

This leaves me Jealous.

Have fun!

Almost Vegetarian said...

I remember drinking grapefruit juice and vodka on those swelteringly hot days when lifting an arm was about all the energy you wanted to expend. I soon grew out of this, but never found a replacement good enough to be a lazy day standard.

But this one looks good. Oh yes! So good, in fact, that I am certainly tempted to try one now, even though it is March, so I am ready when the heat hits. Which won't be for quite some time. Leaving me enough leeway to truly perfect this pleasure.


Gemma said...

Mmm. I love mojitos. It is *almost* that time of year here. It's been a suprising 60F the last few days in Chicago.

Alex said...

I just made this. All my room mates love you.