Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Ode to the End Of Summer

Vicki here, posting a day late because my Internet was down all day Monday.

Labour Day, September 1st, end of the summer. I’ve accomplished a lot – moved into a new house, finished one book, edited the final version of another, signed with a second publisher, went on a weeklong canoe trip, got to know my new home of Prince Edward County, Ontario. But perhaps my most significant achievement of the summer was that I learned how to make an incredible Mojito.

The first time I had a mojito was last November; I was in San Francisco after a tough day on the book tour trail – a bookstore that shall remain nameless cancelled my event, and no one, including my publicist, also nameless, bothered to tell me. The tour had not been going well, and I was considering just turning around and going home. I found a cheap hotel by the Bay and went for a walk. I found myself in a restaurant, ordering the day’s drink special – a Mojito. Perhaps it was that magic drink, but the day got better and the book tour got much, much better from that point on. Herewith is my ode to the end of summer:

Serves 4

2 cups sugar
1 cup whole mint leaves
1 lime cut into quarters
light rum

Combine 4 cups of water with the sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Put the sugar-water into a plastic or glass bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

Put ¼ of the mint into each of 4 glasses. Squeeze ¼ of the lime in each glass, and add 2-3 dashes of bitters. Mash with the back of a spoon. Add ice. Add 1 ½ oz rum to each glass and fill the remainder of the glass with sugar syrup.
Enjoy in the sun on your back deck while reading In the Shadow of the Glacier, or other favourite crime novel.


Rick Blechta said...

Here's my favourite drink recipe for all those who want to try it:

1. Pour 8-10 ounces of your booze of choice into a large tumbler (preferrably fairly clean).

2. Drink it.

Who needs all that other fru fru stuff?

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