Marisa and I hold steadfast to the belief that this weekend does NOT mark the end of summer. September 21st, people! We've got a good few weeks left to bask in the sunshine and watch fluffy movies and slurp up juicy peaches and wear cut offs. After that, we promise to embrace sweaters and crisp air and all things autumn. Whether you consider it a send-off to summer or not, this weekend is loooooong (woohoo!) and therefore worthy of a celebration. And this cocktail from Food and Wine is the cocktail to celebrate with. It's a mojito, as sunny and tropical as a cocktail gets, with the bright addition of blueberries, that summer staple we can't get enough handfuls of.
When we were in college, and still just friends, my husband came back to school after a break whipping up these new and exotic cocktails I'd never heard of. Mojitos hadn't had their big resurgence in America yet, so I didn't know what they were. Needless to say, 20-year-old me was super impressed by the muddling and mint...it was different than our average college drinking experience, to say the least (40's of OE, I'm looking at you). About a year later, mojitos began appearing at every restaurant and bar in New York City, and when I first started spotting them on menus I literally thought that Reuben had single-handedly started a cocktail fad. It turns out he had just traveled to Cuba over that spring break and learned about them there...where they've been mixing mojitos long before Reuben ever got there (like, since the 16th century). If any American is responsible for making them famous here in the states, it's Ernest Hemingway, who claimed them as his favorite drink. But 16 years later, I still feel like saying "oh, my husband invented that cocktail!" any time someone orders one.
Get a printable version of the recipe here.
So, cheers to my super-cool 20-year-old husband-to-be! And happy long weekend!!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)