Monday, May 3, 2010

Signature Drinks: Regular Joes and Restaurant Pros

It's Mojito Monday! Or so I hear from my newest "Regular Joe" in this signature drink series. Allow me to introduce you to Liam Smith: Musician and Mojito Man!

Photo Credit: Krissi Campbell

Liam is a talented musician who contributes his skills and passion to two bands: Mr. Something Something and The Donefors. When he's not playing bass or the other multitude of instruments he knows how to play, Liam enjoys a good Mojito.

Photo Credit: Sarah Fortunato

"I like a classic Mojito. A couple of years ago, my fiancee started working at a Cuban restaurant in Toronto's west end. They were closed every Monday so she was guaranteed to have that night of the week off. Monday became Mojito Monday very quickly. Every Monday in that summer we would have some friends and family come over for Mojitos and tapas/finger-food. We continued the tradition last year and we'll be starting up season three of Mojito Mondays very soon.

It's a fairly simple drink:

  • Ice cubes
  • Rum (I like amber but a lot of people prefer white)
  • A few fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar (raw is best)
  • Soda water

Make sure you muddle the mint with lime juice and sugar before adding the liquids.The great thing about a Mojito is that it's a good base that you can easily add some pizzazz to. For example, add some pomegranate nectar or crushed raspberries. Even some watermelon puree makes it extra refreshing."

The DoneFors are playing at Irene's Pub in Ottawa on the 21st of May.

Mr. Something Something will be at The Rainbow Bistro on the 5th of June.

Have you ever had a really good Mojito? I remember a Blood Orange Mojito I had once that was delicious! Up next in this series: a Professional Mixologist and her special spring cocktail recipe! Stay tuned :)

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