National Mojito Day: Celebrate it July 11

I have to admit that I was never a big rum fan until I spent a few months during grad school in Havana Cuba. It was sink or swim lol. Discover your love for rum or live on beer. Rum won in the end. And the drink that turned me was the classic mojito. Now this may seem obvious but remember, I am old. This was back in 2002 before the return of classic cocktails – a time where rum and cokes (rc cola in Havana) were the dominant rum drink then. Thank goodness we have changed.

Now over the years I have tried many plays on the classic mojito but this one with the hint of cardamom is my current favorite.

  • 2 parts Bacardí Superior
  • 1 part cardamom syrup (1/4 cup cardamom pods, 1 lit boiling water and equal volume of sugar)
  • 6 mint leafs
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  1. In a highball glass, muddle mint leaves with cardamom syrup and lime juice.
  2. Blend in rum.
  3. Fill glass with crushed ice and top with soda.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  5. Enjoy.
  6. Repeat.

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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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