Going back to my basic syrups I present another of my practical examples.
July 11th is my birthday and is also consequently National Mojito Day. To celebrate I made this.
1.5 oz Bacardi Silver
1 oz Lime Juice
3 sprigs of Spearmint
1 oz Turbinado Sugar Syrup
Muddle the spearmint in the shaker with the syrup. Go easy on it, a light spank and a little twist is all you really need to get the flavor to express. Add lime, and rum, shake over ice. Strain into a collins glass and top with soda water.
The reason I picked turbinado sugar is that rum is made from a base of molasses and turbinado sugar has the molasses still on it. The syrup is richer than brown sugar and carries some high and low notes that normal simple doesn’t get.
Combined with rum and a good fresh mint you have a very refreshing cocktail. I’m looking forward to making more of these as I now have both a spearmint and a chocolate mint plant growing on my deck. I also picked up several new and different rums over my birthday which I’ll be detailing when I have time.