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What cocktails remind you of summer?
I can think of many, but to me, nothing screams “summer” more than a nice cold Mojito.
A Mojito is a Latin-inspired drink which is made by muddling sugar, lime and mint together in a glass with ice, adding a premium rum, topping with club soda for effervescence, and garnishing with additional mint and lime. It is a really simple drink to make.
For those who might not be familiar with the term, muddling isn’t a fancy process at all. It involves, essentially, smashing ingredients with a muddler, or a suitable substitute like a wooden spoon, to release the “essences” of that ingredient into the drink before any liquid is added. In this case, muddling the mint (sometimes called “bruising” the mint, too) and lime really allows the natural oils to permeate into the drink, more so than just adding them to the glass before stirring or shaking with other ingredients.
Now, some individuals (like my boyfriend Steve) often prefer to drink something even simpler than a Mojito. The simplest thing that I can think of, aside from a shot, is a premium liquor in a glass with ice – can’t get any simpler than that unless your drinking from the bottle, which is not recommended if you are drinking something worthy of having on the rocks with ice in the first place.
Like a premium aged whiskey or añejo tequila, a premium dark rum, such as Zacapa premium rum, is best served on the rocks to truly savor the complexity of the spirit. Zacapa’s process of making their premium dark rum involves using only the best sugar cane and aging based on a process developed by Spaniards over 500 years ago to age sherry. Zacapa 23 is a blend of rums, aged 6 to 23 years, with notes of honeyed butterscotch, spiced oak and raisined fruit. Zacapa XO is also a blend of rums, aged 6 to 25 years, that is then aged in oak barrels which previously held cognac, allowing for a complex sweetness, with notes of spice and fruit. Sounds delicious, right?
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