One of the top classic cocktails, and now that the mint flowers are blossoming, a fine time to mix some mojitos against the heat wave Europe is experiencing :
fresh limes, cooled, partially peeled and cut into round discs
cane sugar and a pestle to grind the discs of lime with the teaspoon of sugar
ron añejo, one shot glass
fresh sprigs of mint
crushed ice / cold water and ice cubes
Put several rounds of lime into a mojito glass, a teaspoon of cand sugar on top and grind with the pestle. Add the rum, the crushed ice, some sprigs of mint and a cocktail stirrer. Enjoy while it ‘s hot!
Earnest Hemingway loved this cocktail especially, as every Cuban tour guide will be eager to point out. He was known for his drinking habits, his intrepid nature when in Cuba or in the Spanish Civil War. Whoever looks for clues, will be able to find them in his short stories: one tenth meaning and nine tenths buried in the underneath currents of meaning like an iceberg.
Everybody knows of his physical prowess and his symbols of love, friendship, those bewildered repetitions when his characters must adapt to a new environment, the search for love, light, orderliness, human warmth, not agony or the strain of war. As to a list of good reads, I’d offer you a library shelf or two, my faves were “A Clean Well-lighted Place” “Farewell to Arms“, For Whom the Bell Tolls“, “Fiesta“, “The Old Man and the Bridge“… take your own pick! Oh yes, and for fun, look at his old boat, tiny but double sturdy!