Mojitos by the Pitcher

Mojito recipe photo by the culinary geek on flickr

At this week’s potluck with the neighbors — where we discuss things such as new baby names, Google+ vs Facebook and dogs that eat underwear — a friend joyfully told me she had purchased a skinny margarita-in-a-bottle.

Let me tell you: Caca.

“There’s a mojito version, too,” my friend said.

So, se me subio lo cubano and my mission after having that thing that-shall-not-be-called-a-margarita became to pull out the mojito recipe we use at my house and redo it to pitcher-sized proportions…because, amigos, I never, ever will drink a flaca version of a mojito out of that brand’s bottle.

I am rescuing my friend, and myself, at future potlucks.

My husband has, in the past, pre-made up to 22 gallons of pre-mixed mojitos. That’s back when we had huge pig roasts. I’m kind of over that monstrous amount of lime-squeezing, not to mention cooking for so many people.

So, here we have mojitos in a pitcher, just in time to use the mint from the garden before it withers for the winter, and to celebrate the last warm weeks at intimate and fun neighborhood potlucks.

Take these mojitos to your next potluck and you’ll be the queen of el show.

And make me a promise: No mojitos out of a bottle, m’kay?

Cuban Mojitos by the Pitcher

Serves 8

In a beautiful pitcher, add mint. lime juice and simple syrup and muddle it with a muddler or big spoon. Don’t go kung-fu on it, Be light and gentle on the mint. Add the rum.

You can make this a few hours early and put in the fridge.

Serve the mojito in a tall glass over crushed — yes, only crushed, ice — with a sprig of mint and top with a splash of sparkling water — if you want. I don’t tend to use the sparkling water.

If you really want to impress, add a slice of sugar cane.

And, of course, you can add more or less of anything to suit your taste — from the sugar, to the lime, to the rum.

Simple Syrup Recipe

Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small pan and heat on medium until the sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature.

Simple Syrup can be kept in a glass container in the fridge for up to a month.

If you don’t trust me on my mojito version, check out the Bacardi rum version, which serves 6.

So, hurry up before it’s too cool to drink a mojito — because we all know the day must be muy caliente to really, really enjoy a good mojito.

Y tu?

Got a mojito memory or recipe you’d like to share?

Share, por favor!

By Carrie on August 28, 2011 · Posted in food, headline

15 Comments | Post Comment

Julie Diaz Asper says:

A “flaca version of a mojito” is just wrong. Love to come over to try one!

Posted on August 28th, 2011

Carla says:

Thank goodness you warned me about that fakeness! Everyone and there mother has been talking skinny sangria & I’m so not with it. It’s on the to do list, this little recipe…gracias!

Posted on August 28th, 2011

Alexandra says:

Nada out of a bottle, never.

The real deal.

The best way to hang on to summer.

Posted on August 28th, 2011

Tracy says:

I tried the bottle version. It’s not terrible if you don’t know what a real mojito tastes like – but once you have a real one, in Miami no less – incomparable.

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Maria Amelia says:

Skinny margarita in a bottle. I think I lost a layer of epidermis in my mouth from it. I bought one bottle, had one glass, gagged and poured the rest out. I couldn’t agree with you more. If you want a mojito, and want to remain “bien flaquita” don’t drink too much, and make sure what you drink is tasty – like your version.

Personally, when I see the flaca girl version of ¨sangria¨ I want to take a pair of castañuelas and bonk her over the head with them.

Posted on August 29th, 2011

The Wise Latina Club says:

“Let me tell you: Caca”…still laughing!

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Carrie says:

You.Me.A Pitcher of Mojitos.The Beach!
Y ya!

Our battle cry: Next year in Miami!!!

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Carrie says:

Only the real deal for us, mi’ja!

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Carrie says:

For sure, real deal.
I was horrified, seriously!

And not because I am a snob — I have had my share of wine out of boxes and mixed drinks out of plastic freezer bags! It just tasted bad and it isn’t worth it when making a real margarita and mojito is easy!

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Carrie says:

Incomparable…though I have had a few bad mojitos in Miami, too!
My dad actually makes the best mojitos…ever!
One day, you will have to come to Papi’s house to try.

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Carrie says:

You and your castanuelas are so funny. I love you. I just do.

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Tracy says:

I look forward to accepting the invitation. He can make Camarones Enchilados for me too. LOL. (I’m making that tonight. It’s become a regular favorite.)

Posted on August 29th, 2011

Silvia says:

Agree! Caca hahahahaha

I tried the thing in a reunion, just because people insisted and I wanted to have a real opinion!! guacala, the worst thing ever.

Really, really? if you want to have a margarita or a mojito or a sangria, the REAL thing is best! you don’t want to gain weight? drink in moderation.

That’s it! me hierve la sangre!!
Silvia´s last [fabulousness] ..La Nueva Temporada de Jorge el Curioso (Curious George)

Posted on September 3rd, 2011

Katja of Skimbaco says:

What a great idea to do mojitos by pitcher. It’s my favorite drink!

Posted on September 4th, 2011

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