Glad I had the chance to try this Powell & Mahoney Mojito Mixer which was sent to me for review. After the long harsh winter that we experienced, I was looking for something, refreshing that reminded me of summer. I was introduced to the mojito when I visited JoJoto’s in Branford last year and was longing for a taste.
I bought crackers, cheese, strawberries and made wings. Yep, none of these things went well together but I usually take my cocktails in a bar or a restaurant where there are bartenders who can make them and who can serve hearty food to ease the liver with processing the alcohol. I was intrigued with the Powell & Mahoney line of mixers though and grew excited with the idea that I would finally be able to make cocktails at home. I am a light weight, so I much prefer the opportunity of drinking in a location where I don’t have to drive immediately after or at all.
Eager to try the mixer, I invited my rumpanion over who brought with him a bottle of apple flavored vodka. I saw his vodka, but since the recipe called for white rum I kept my bottle of Bacardi Limon near, just in case. There are three recipes on the back of the bottle. I tried two of them, the strawberry mojito for me and the regular mojito for him. It’s a 2:1 ratio of mixer and rum which was guided by my trusty measuring utensils in the kitchen. I garnished with fresh mint and lime, clicked glasses and toasted winter and her cruel season away.
Mojitos can be plain or sweet. I prefer mine sweet but our flavored, sugary alcohol did not jive well with the already sweet mojito mixer. It took some adjustments and the addition of more club soda than the recipe called for and lemon juice which was not part of the recipe at all to get the flavor just right. When it was right, we were in heaven and we nursed our drinks until late into the night.
While I do really think the sugar needs to be adjusted I felt good about the natural, gluten free ingredients which includes: Cane Sugar, Natural Key Lime Extract, Lime Juice from Concentrate, Natural Mint Extract. The company is also based in Vermont which is an added bonus for those of us who like to keep our neighbors and friends employed by supporting U.S. based business entities.
Here is the Strawberry Mojito recipe.
In a shaker, combine:
1 fresh strawberry, muddled
2 oz. Powell & Mahoney Mojito mixer
1 ½ oz. white rum (unflavored)
Shake and strain over ice in a Collins glass.
Top off with 1 oz. chilled soda water.
Add 2 dashes of your favorite hot sauce for a spicy kick.
Garnish with a slice of lime and half fresh strawberry.