Call Me Mr. Mojito!

By BobbyRica | February 21, 2011


After a few days of hemming and hawing, I finally had the nerve to start planning my beach party for tomorrow.

I texted everyone on my BlackBerry. Everybody confirmed almost immediately. Cassius, who happens to be a musician, will be coming in with his Spanish guitar band. He promises to perform their own set along with other beach favorites. My chef friend, Stanley, was so happy to hear from me that he’ll bring buckets of mussels, fish and seafood for a little barbecue. I didn’t even have to ask him. He’s a beast in the grill, and any opportunity to meet women always seem to be payment enough. God bless him. All of my longtime friends — male AND female — are coming. All except my Madeleine Stowe-lookalike.


It’s been weeks since the incident. I tried calling her on cellphone but she hasn’t returned my voicemail. Did she willfully give me a wrong number to placate me? After what had happened in Playas del Coco, I would think she’d be more accommodating. Maybe I need to do something to woo her.

Anyway, Flavia (that’s her name) or no Flavia, I will have a good time. Because Mr. Mojito is back, baby and he’s mixing the drinks!

If you want to ask me what makes a successful party, one of them — and I mean this is vital — would have to be the booze. Booze is like the lubrication that helps people loosen up, let their guards down (we’re amongst friends anyway), and be more susceptible to spontaneous merrymaking. It is the fuel that keeps thing going smoothly.


I for one make it a point that I load up on the alcohol. However, I don’t get fancy with the booze. There won’t be any wine, champagn or even vodka. I would simply call the grocery and have them deliver cases of Imperial, a special kind of rum and lots of tube ice. I detest most cocktails, but as my other moniker says, I do have a soft spot for a perfect glass of mojito.

Here is a basic recipe for a mojito that I usually follow. But instead of the run of the mill spiced rums you get everywhere, I make it a point to use one of the most luscious rums I have ever tasted: the Ron Centenario Rum 20 Yr. Reserva Especial 750ML.

Ron Centenario is a rich full-bodied rum that has that unique signature flavor of banana, roasted Brazilian nuts, and star anise. Aged in oak for twenty years, it develops a sweet flavor that has a smooth finish. It is so good with mojitos, you won’t mind getting tipsy the whole evening. On special nights, I just pair this rum with a robust cigar for a mellow evening ahead. Writing about it makes me want to open a new bottle now!


The Ron Centenario Rum 20 Yr. Reserva Especial 750ML is wrapped in leather with two embossed crests on the neck of the bottle. Because of its growing popularity, the rhum is slowly finding its way in the US, especially in Florida. I highly recommend it. For more info on how to purchase it, click here.

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