One Summer day I read about Mojitos in a magazine, but had never heard of them before. They sounded so delicious with mint, rum, and lime. I turned the page though and forgot about them. Then early in October we went to Disney World in Orlando, a childhood dream come true for this adult.
One evening we went to City Walk, a tourist mecca of boutiques and restaurants—some of them with famous names. We decided to go into the fun sounding “Latin Quarter” Restaurant, and I spotted “Mojitos” on the menu. I described them to Mac, so we ordered one for each of us.
These incredibly refreshing drinks arrived in a glass filled with ice and little sprigs of mint. Perfect for that evening. And now easy to make at home!
A Romantic Memory. A sultry evening in Florida, sitting in this exotic Latin restaurant, sipping our Mojitos. Eating delicious Latin food. Listening to a talented dark-haired, man in an embroidered Latin vest, play beautiful Latin music as he strummed his 12-string guitar.
We couldn’t get another Mojito as good, on our return to Texas. But we experimented and nailed it! That wonderful flavor–to share with you. That evening is a wonderful memory, and we still talk about it whenever we sip our Mojitos at home.
The next night there in Florida was Mac’s birthday, and he wanted to go back to City Walk—and eat at Emeril’s restaurant! Being Foodies, we couldn’t wait.
I called and was told there were no reservations. I asked about possible cancellations—“Just come and see”. We thought if it didn’t happen, we’d “settle” for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville across the way. But we had our hearts set on Emeril’s. And we were all dressed up too.
We arrived, and there were no cancellations. I whispered that it was “his” birthday, and did they have any suggestions. They said to try again in 30 minutes. So we walked around and returned. No luck; did a repeat.
Mac thought it wouldn’t work out, so we went to Jimmy B’s. Found out that there was an hour wait. He said he’d order Jimmy’s Margaritas for us at the bar. I said I wanted to give Emeril’s a quick check.
No luck. I thanked them and dejectedly walked out. As I turned the corner of Emerils’, nearly to Jimmy’s, the hostess came running toward me. Emerils’ had a table for us! I said I’d go get Mac.
Ha! I could see him through the glass deep in the crowd standing at the bar. I couldn’t get his attention until a woman beside him noticed me jumping up and down and pointing at him; she nudged him and pointed at me.
We hurried to Emerils’ and were happily seated and handed a menu. I told him that since it was his birthday, he could get anything he wanted (a personal favorite saying of my favorite grandmother, to me. “Now honey, you just get anything you want.”).
He wanted The Sampler, which stated beside it, that if anyone at a table ordered it, everyone had to as well. Wonderful! Each of the 8 courses came out on their own little plate, looking like they were each artistically prepared for a big photo shoot! And they were delicious.
Each time those two plates were brought out by two waiters, they were put before us in heel-clicking timed precision! Amazing. But an even bigger Ta-da came at a nearby table of 12 who had ordered The Sampler.
Each course was presented by 6 waiters, 3 on each side of their table, with a plate in each hand. We heard a heel-click, and all 12 plates were put in front of each person simultaneously. What showmanship. What fun to watch.
I don’t remember what we ate that night at Emerils’. But I do remember the delicious, refreshing minty Mojitos we had at the Latin Quarter. Now you can make a memory too.
If you make my Mojito Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
Syrup Ingredients 1 cup water Mint leaves for garnish Preparing the Mojito 1 lime, thinly sliced 10 large fresh mint leaves ½ cup white rum 2 tbsp club soda Macerate or mince the mint leaves and put into a large glass. Add lime slices. Mash lime and mint together in the glass, using a “Muddler” or a wooden spoon. Add Simple Syrup, rum, and club soda, and stir. Fill cocktail glass with ice, and strain Mojito into cocktail glass. Garnish with pretty mint leaves. Simple Syrup Try out our Minty Mojitos Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make a refreshingly minty Mojito
1 cup granulated sugar
4 tbsp prepared Simple Syrup
In a small pan over medium heat, stir together the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved.
1 cup water
Mint leaves for garnish
Preparing the Mojito
1 lime, thinly sliced
10 large fresh mint leaves
½ cup white rum
2 tbsp club soda
Macerate or mince the mint leaves and put into a large glass.
Add lime slices.
Mash lime and mint together in the glass, using a “Muddler” or a wooden spoon.
Add Simple Syrup, rum, and club soda, and stir.
Fill cocktail glass with ice, and strain Mojito into cocktail glass.
Garnish with pretty mint leaves.
Try out our Minty Mojitos Recipe and post your results below in the comments…