Wednesday, June 23, 2010

KC-itos: Nectar of the Gods (Our Alien Ancestor Gods)

Guess what happened last night blog readers? KCito Conversion! My friend Josh tried mine and immediately went to the bar and ordered one for himself. (He didn't call it a KCito of course. He had this to say about it today: it's gonna be like a snowball from here, bars won't be able to keep those ingredients in stock...

I am not sure if I told you guys the story of how the KCito came to be. So I will do so now.

One day I decided, "Let's be fancy! I'll make mojitos!" So I was fancy. Fran came over and I made mojitos. What a hassle! I had looked up all sorts of recipes on Al Gore's internet. This is the one I settled one.

The mojito was born in Havana, Cuba. There are many variations of the drink. This recipe calls for the five customary ingredients of mint, rum, powdered sugar, lime, and club soda. If you are throwing a Havana or Cuban theme party, plan on serving these fashionable yet traditional mojitos.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
4 mint leaves
1 lime (for juicing)
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 ounces white rum
2 ounces club soda
1 sprig of mint (for garnishing)
crushed ice
1. Put the mint leaves into a Collins glass and squeeze the lime juice over them.
2. Add the powdered sugar and then muddle the mint, lime juice and sugar together. Add crushed ice.
3. Stir in the rum and top off with the club soda.
4. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Servings: Makes one drink.

20 minutes for one drink?! Are they out of their ever loving minds? Also, notice how the recipe calls this drink "fashionable"? That totally sold me on the mojito. I'm a lady of class. I deserve to drink a fashionable drink. Do I deserve to waste my entire life making them? NO! And the muddling took some kitchen improvisation because I don't just have useless (useless until this point) utensils around the kitchen. I'm not a gal that grew up muddling. Anyways, I'm talking too much about this thing that will never happen again. This was a one time deal. I'll never spend that long making a drink again. Life's too short to wait to booze. 

And that is how the KCito was born. The perfect summer time drink! You see above what's in the mojito. Sugar, lime, club soda and mint. The lord has already blessed us with something that has sugar, lime and carbonation. It's called Sprite, people. I'm sure years of engineering went into that stuff! (I've mentioned before Heath calls me the Sandra Lee of Booze). And really, the mint? Go ahead and throw some in if you want. It wasn't doing anything for me. If you're dying for a minty aftertaste chew a stick of gum while you drink. 

And I even have a handy illustration here that was given to someone as a birthday gift along with KC-ito ingredients. 
Mix up your own and report back the results! If you're so inclined, results are much more fun with photos. 

No spiced rum for this drink. Keep it clear like your head will be even after a night of drinking KCitos.* And you can go the lemon or lime route. It's really personal preference. I find limes make me feel about 105 times fancier. I know the recipe Heath and I put together below says lemons. Trust me though. You know what, try both! Hell, it's not like you'll only drink one. Conduct experiments. Videotape results.

*Just kidding. You'll get SOOO wasted! But you'll get your vitamin C.


Becky Jo said...

I felt that I was experiencing something very fancy when I came over before the bus fiesta and you had actual fruit at your apartment for the sole purpose of putting it in the alcoholic beverage. That's one step fancier than I've ever gotten with my alcohol.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

well SHOOT if you don't get your vitamin c you'll get scurvy and your teeth fall out! That is what my mom always said....

k.a. barnes said...

Walter, Clarence & I may give these a try this weekend. And don't worry, we'll take pictures ;)

Gordo said...

Mojitos are an almost religious custom in Cuba and just the thing for a hot summer afternoon. Somewhere I have the recipe for a Havana Special. The bartender at our resort claimed they were better in the evening and he was right. :-)

Jill A. Brown said...

How did I flippin' miss this! YUM!

Reverend Awesome said...

If you, Walter and Clarence drink these I'll know this drink has hit the big time.

Jill A. Brown said...

Cannot wait to try it. ;)

Liz said...

I love Mojitos!!!!!!!!!!!!! but one absoutely wear a shwishy skirt and pearls, Although I recommend bike shorts under the skirt for the falling over drunk/hiking the skirts and running from the cops part of the evening.

k.a. barnes said...

Bike shorts under your skirt are also good for when the urge hits to do cartwheels. (Speaking from experience.)
Rev- I think the UWs & me are gonna have a KCito party this weekend! They're sounding really good here at 2:15pm on a muggy afternoon. Hmm....

kate in michigan at said...

I'm with Liza and k.a. on the shorts under skirts.
I recently tried making those things you drink on the day of the Kentucky Derby. Um... with bourbon and mint? Whatever. Totally not worth the effort, and the mint got all gunky and nasty. Was I supposed to strain?

Reverend Awesome said...

Hey Kate! Thanks for stopping by.

Mint Juleps! Isn't that a drag?! I'll all for drinking new and exciting things, but not when it turns into a chore. Drinking should never be a chore. Or leave minty gunk in your mouth.

This is why the KCito is so perfect. I've made it sans-lime. Still good and easy.

Perhaps I need to work my magic with this mint julep recipe. See what I can come up with. Last night my friend recommended I mix grape kool-aid and vodka. I named this drink, Purple Russian (To be named according to kool-aid color).

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