After hours of research and testing I have my Mojito recipe dialed in. Many recipes call for more lime, less mint, etc. This one is tailored to my taste, but should be a good starting point for anyone.
Fresh ingredients are key to this drink. Avoid bottled lime juice and use the freshest mint you can find.
To muddle the first three ingredients combine them in a sturdy glass and mash them up with a muddler or a wooden spoon. The idea is to extract flavor from the mint by squeezing it. The sugar acts as an abrasive to help the process. A muddler is just a stick with a rounded end used to mash stuff up so don’t hesitate to improvise.
In a good sized glass with a heavy bottom muddle together:
1 rounded tablespoon granulated sugar
10 fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1/4 lime
Add and stir to dissolve any remaining sugar:
2 oz light rum
Strain this mixture into a pint glass 1/2 full of ice (preferably crushed.) Fill the rest of the glass with:
Optionally garnish with a mint leaf or the spent lime rind and enjoy the minty goodness! The recipe is easily multiplied and everything through the rum can be prepared ahead of time.
Yup, that’s right, soon for just $79 you will be able to pull out your iPod and check your blood alcohol content, then you can decide if it’s time to drive home to “Born to be Wild” or just mellow out and sober up to some Jim Morrison (ok, maybe someone else.)
Dubbed the iBreath, the device powers itself off the iPod battery, supports the full FM band (88.1 – 107.9) and claims accuracy within 0.01% blood alcohol content. I want one, don’t you?
While it’s certainly a cool toy I can’t see why the guys at Gizmodo are so impressed. For starters it’s slow, second it looks like it only does cans (let’s face it, if you like beer enough to have this robot you drink it out of bottles), but most disappointingly it looks quite messy!
So while I look forward to more commercially available automated drink makers/servers this robot just doesn’t stack up to the Bar Monkey.