In saratoga living‘s “The Races!” Issue, post-races mainstay, Siro’s, offered up what they believe is the “Next Great Saratoga Cocktail.” Thirty-year-veteran General Manager and Maître d’ Michael Stone, stepping in for the restaurant/bar’s normal mixologist, offered up Siro’s Ginger Mint Mojito. Here’s how to make it.
Mixologist: Michael Stone*
Bar: Siro’s Restaurant & Bar
Cocktail: Siro’s Ginger Mint Mojito
The delicious rum-based concoction, the Mojito, was first served in Havana, Cuba’s picturesque capital city. The cocktail was also said to be author Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drink. With racehorses and, I suspect, more than a few saloons named after him, it seemed to me an appropriate inspiration for a feature cocktail at Siro’s. I chose the Ginger Mint Mojito not only because it’s a perfect summer refreshment, but also, specifically, because of the crispness the freshly muddled ginger adds to the summertime drink. Whether you took a beating at the track or are celebrating a big score, this libation will be a welcome prelude to dinner or just a great way to beat the heat of a Saratoga summer.
Siro’s Ginger Mint Mojito
1.5 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
0.5 oz. Club soda
Finely granulated sugar
Fresh lime juice
Fresh lime (for garnish)
Muddle the fresh mint and ginger in a clear Collins glass. Combine the Bacardi Superior Rum, club soda, fresh lime juice, granulated sugar in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into the glass. Garnish with a fresh lime.
*Michael’s been the General Manager and Maître d’ at Siro’s for 30 years and says he’s just filling in for their regular bartender.