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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Got My Mojo Working (Again)

Sorry I haven't been posting in a while, but you know how it is when you're busy doing other things.  I even started thinking that maybe I'd lost my will to blog, but an afternoon with my Food Blogger Los Angeles friends pumped me up, not to mention filled me up with so much incredibly delicious food.

Losing your way is awful, but finding your way back to something you're passionate about is an important part of living your best vida loca.  Like so many things we all do, consistency and commitment are two of the keys to successful anything - good habits, good work, good karma - pretty much all good things.

So while hanging out on Saturday with other (that must make me one too) bloggers, and joking that my mojo wasn't working, and then everyone made mojito/mojo associations, and because I shared some juicy Key Limes from Melissa's with everyone, and because a refreshing lime-based, mint-infused cocktail or mocktail (with a little twist) could inspire almost anyone to do almost anything, I present this perfect summer beverage to help you get your mojo working to.

Mojo Heat-o
infused syrup:
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar                                                                              
6 or so fresh mint leaves
1" x 1" slice of fresh jalapeno
3-4 oz. white rum
6 more fresh mint leaves
2 key limes

To make the infused syrup, over medium heat simmer the water and sugar together until completely blended.  Remove the pan from the heat, add the 6 mint leaves and fresh jalapeno, and let sit at least 30 minutes, but longer is better for more flavor. 

Discard these leaves but put the jalapeno with the syrup into a small pitcher along with the remaining fresh mint leaves.  Using whatever is handy, like both ends of a wooden spoon, muddle or pesto-ize the syrup, jalapeno & leaves for a minute or two.  Add ice (crushed is preferred) and muddle another minute or so.  Add the rum into the pitcher along with the juice of 2 key limes. 
Classic mojitos call for sparkling water but I prefer my water nice and flat so here's where you add your favorite water until your drink is balanced to your taste.  Stir briskly then pour this glorious beverage into a glass or two, garnish with a wedge of lime and sprig of mint if you want to be fancy, take a sip, smile and sigh - that's your mojo working!

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  1. Glad we were able to help you get back to your blog, Nancy. Everyone goes through blah periods. I think it helps to write straight through them, actually!

  2. Thanks Erika. Be sure to keep me posted on menu for Trufflepalooza.

  3. Nancy Rose! What an insightful post and great classic recipe. I'm so glad you're "feeling it!" Like Erika says, we all go through blah periods...

  4. Welcome back! I'm working on a superdelicious recipe with the key limes (and yogurt! but I haven't figured out how to present it yet.

  5. Thanks Kate! Looking forward to your recipe. For ideas check out

  6. Once again, we are having synchronicity. After the meeting, I went to a friend's in Sierra Madre and she made mojitos! I was thinking of using your limes to make them also. I use the 2 Hot Tamales' recipe, but yours sounds intriguing with the jalapeno. Thanks for the Muddy. Am a big fan!

  7. The infused syrup and the addition of the jalapeno make it 5 Star in the Nancy Rose book of beverages. I really love mint but don't like a mouthful of leaves every sip, so hand muddling vs. machine blending works better for me. Let's keep that synchronicity going over mojo-heat-os, mojitos, or whatever soon!

  8. This is great, Nancy! What a drink! Thanks for the limes, too. Was great to see you and I'm thrilled you're feeling inspired again! :-)

  9. Nancy, I'm delighted you're back! I wish I had a blog just so I could go to meetings like that and get that kind of inspiration! But reading what you write and seeing your pretty smile when I turned to your blog today is already giving me energy.

    The recipe with the addition of jalapeno sounds great. It might be nice as a cool, refreshing fruit soup too, maybe with slices of peaches or apricots.

  10. Valentina, Faye, and anyone else who tried to comment but hasn't figured out how yet,
    Thanks for your kind words!