Mad About Mojitos

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Make the quintessential Cuban cocktail with the help of mixologist and restaurateur Joe Campanale. Learn how to mix the classic summer drink along with another refreshing version, “The Farmer’s Friend.”

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Hi, I'm Joe Campanale. You're watching eHow.com. Today, we're going to make the classic Mojito cocktail. And a variation that we like to do here at Anfora we call the Farmer's Friend. The Mojito coctail is the quintessential Cuban cocktail and it's really great for the summer time. It's not something you want when it's 10 degrees outside and you're freezing. This is for the summer. So, you start with some fresh mint. Make sure you get really good mint and you wash it off. Put that in to your mixing glass and add about an ounce of simple syrup. Now, take your muddler and you're just going to lightly muddle the mix, just to release some of the flavor, some of the aromas. Now, add about three quarters of an ounce of lime and fill with ice. Again remember when you're using your Boston shaker, you want to get a lot of ice in here. Seal on top and you can get a really nice seal in here if you hit it nice and hard. And just shake it lightly. Now, you're going to strain in to a glass with crushed ice. I've already started it here. But I want to show you how to crush ice. You just take your ice in the palm of your hand and with the end of your muddler, there you go. Now, separate your Boston shaker and you're going to strain into your highball glass. Top with rum. I love to use these pour stops for making it easier to pour. We love to use Flor de Cana rum but Bicardi is the classic. And sort of white rum or unaged rum will do. Top with some soda water and then I like to add just a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters, and garnish with mint. And here's your classic Mojito cocktail. Now, for a variation on the Mojito. Here at Anfora we like to do a cocktail called the Farmer's Friend. The Farmer's Friend is inspired by the Mojito cocktail but also whatever we can find at the Farmers Market. Right now in New York we get this great rhubarb, and we're going to take the rhubarb, cut it into really small pieces and put it right into the glass. Now take just a little bit of simple syrup, about an ounce, and I'm actually going to muddle it right into the glass. Then take the mint and just bruise the mint which is going to release all the essential oils. Drop that in. Now for about three quarters of an ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, about an ounce and three quarters of rum. But if you want to make it a little stronger, you're welcomed to. And you fill the glass up with ice. We like to use this really nice big ice, so big that sometimes it doesn't fit in the glass. And now, instead of topping off the drink with soda water, I'm going to choose a great rose' wine. rose' tends to have really fresh strawberry flavors which I think is going to compliment the rhubarb very well. Now, for a garnish, we take our rhubarb and just make a nice stir and there you go. That is the rhubarb Farmers Friend cocktail. So, if you're in New York at the end of the summer, this could be a blueberry Farmers Friend or maybe wild raspberries. Thanks so much for watching. I'm Joe Campanale. These are the classic summer cocktails for me. The next time you're in New York, stop by Anfora and have one.

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