Jeff and I just got back from our vacation in Puerto Rico, and besides a few minor mishaps due to weather and sunburn, we had an incredible time. Visually, it’s an inspiring place, with the juxtaposition of old and new everywhere. The colorful Spanish colonial architecture peeking out above the crumbling stone fortress surrounding Old San Juan never fails to stop you in your tracks. The people are warm and helpful and the food was dream worthy. To top it all off, it is very, very cheap. Here are few of our favorites things from the trip and a recipe for a mojito that I’ll be drinking all summer (or until our many bottles of rum are gone).
Mojito for One
- 5 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
- 1/2 lime
- 1 1/2 oz. light rum
- soda water
Put the mint and lime in the bottom of a glass and sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Squish the mint and lime and sugar with a wooden spoon or muddler to release the juices and flavors. Add ice to the glass, add the rum and top off with soda. Stir and add more sugar to taste. You can also use simple syrup in this recipe if you have it on hand, but we had plenty of mojitos in Puerto Rico made with sugar.