I think I am beginning to develop carpal tunnel syndrome from muddling Mojitos over the last several years. Thankfully, I have finally found a loophole in the construction of this cocktail. I was recently informed by a very experienced bartender and well published beverage writer…Miss Charming…that if you muddle the mint too much…you will actually extract the chlorophyll in the leaf, which has a very bitter taste. Now I put about two-thirds less energy into my muddler and have had fantastic results…meaning no complaints and a happier wrist. So tonight, just before last call…this guy rolls up to the bar wearing one of those beer shirts with 20 different bottles of beer printed on the front and a slogan at the bottom saying, “Beer, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.” He asks for a Mojito with cachaca instead of rum. Really? You are proudly displaying your love of beer on your clothing and you want an absurd version of a Mojito? What a nitwit. I made his Mojito and he immediately began bitching because it didn’t taste right. I explained that was because cachaca is harsher than rum and has a very different flavor profile. He insisted I had made it with tequila. I laughed and assured him that I had not. He continued with his grunts and moans and asked me to remake it. I told him that I would, but only if he stood right in front of me and watched the process to assure I wasn’t putting tequila in his beverage. We did our little dance…I handed him his new cocktail and he once again started whining. This time he insisted I had poured tequila into the bottle of Leblon Cachaca beforehand. I grabbed the drink off the bar, poured it down the sink, handed him a beer garnished with his bill and told him we were closed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzkxn1reBBk&feature=relmfu Enough is enough. Fucking prick.
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