Mint Invasion - Part II: Mojito

Most of you probably know how to make a mojito, but when was the last time you did make one? Perhaps you don't have a muddler. Well, neither do I. What I do have, though, is the night off from work and a lifetime supply of mint leaves. See Mint Invasion Part 1 for more on that. This is a quick version of the mojito; instead of grinding my ingredients with a muddler, I just mix everything in a bowl.

Serves 2 or 1 very thirsty person

You'll need:

• 3 oz (90ml) white rum • 1.5 oz (45ml) fresh lime juice (about 1 lime) • 10 spearmint leaves, torn apart • 2 tablespoons sugar • crushed ice • club soda

In a bowl, mix together the rhum, lime juice, mint, and sugar. Pour the mixture into two glasses, add crushed ice, top off with club soda, a few slices of lime, and a sprig of mint.

Boosted Iced Tea

I recently met the folks from Prince Edward Distillery, as we shared an exhibitor's table at a Sydney food show. They were really friendly and fun to be around. They also make very tasty gin. I bought a couple of bottles, and soon came up with the perfect summer nerve-soother. Boosted iced tea.

The first homemade iced tea I ever drank was in Austin, Texas. It`s really popular out there. I guess the weather is so warm that a lot people want their caffeine cold. In a couple of Austin restaurants, I was given a choice between water and iced tea. I can't think of an easier decision. Enjoy!

Boosted Iced Tea

• 4 cups water • 2 Yorkshire tea bags • 2 tablespoon sugar • 3-4 oz gin • couple slices lemon • ice

Bring the water to almost a boil. Pour in a pot, add tea bags and sugar. Mix. After 3-4 minutes, remove the tea bags, transfer tea to pitcher, and chill in the fridge. Once cooled, add the gin and serve with 4-5 ice cubes in each glass and and some lemon slices.