Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Treats: Give-away Winner and Cuban Mojitos

National Parks Give-away Winner

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Congratulations, Sassy-Priscilla, your name was plucked out of my magic hat as the winner of my give-away. Please email your snail mail address; your package is gift-wrapped with a park systems map and ready to go. I hope Aidan enjoys it, too.

Bodeguita del Medio Cuban Mojito

Now the drawing is done, let’s relax. Just the aroma of a freshly-crushed mint leaf invokes a sense of cool comfort during summer’s sultry days and nights. I’ve been thinking about mojitos lately—Hemingway’s favorite drink. Invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba, mint is a prime ingredient.

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After searching online, I chose Taste of Cuba’s recipe to try last evening. Using a tall mojito glass and a wood muddler, I did my best to emulate Hemingway’s beloved drink but without the end result the hard-drinking author sought. I prefer awareness as opposed to oblivion.

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Hemingway would be appalled about my adding a paper umbrella, but it looks festive. Ah, my mojito tastes deliciously refreshing.

Have a great weekend!


DIane Schuller said...

excellent photos June.
I love how you've wrapped that lovely parks gift. And I too love the aroma of fresh mint. I love it in summer to top a home made dessert that is first topped with some rich whipping cream :)
Have a really wonderful weekend!

Heidi said...

What Hemmingway doesn't know won't hurt him.

grendelskin said...

I'm LOVING the mental image of Papa with a cute pink parasol in his drink!!

sassypriscilla said...

Hey - how lucky am I? Thank you so much!!! I sent you a snail mail and Aidan and I will be very thrilled.

That Mojito looks great. My neighbor made us some this summer and it was the first I had tried of them.

Thanks again, June. You are so generous.

Hunny Bunny said...

Congrats Priscilla!!!
Oh June that really truly looks delicious. I love Mojitos and next time I'm putting an umbrella in mine because it is extra pretty.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations to Sassy Pricilla! I guess now I will have to buy my NP passport!

I like mojitos! There is a Cuban restaurant in South Street Seaport in Manhattan that we we had lunch in recently and I had a struggle to choose between a mojitos and a glass of sangria. The snagria won this time!

Storybook Woods said...

Make me a glass, I am heading over xoxoxo Clarice