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Question for you "bartenders" out there

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
What's the best way to muddle something (mint and limes, in this case) when you don't have a specific tool for it? I'm coming up blank, and I'm usually good and finding a way to make things work! Do you guys have any suggestions?
post #2 of 8
The bartenders I work with, I believe, just use the back of a spoon in a shot glass. I think that is what you are talking about doing...
post #3 of 8
Well, if you have a wooden spoon, with a rounded handle you can use the tip of the handle. Otherwise, you can muddle with two spoons.. I'd suggest a large spoon and a small one, so the stuff has some place to go (and do it over the glass so you don't lose the juice). If you have a handle of the butter knife that is thick, that would work. As long as the glass is the right shape and you can get a good "smooch" surface against the inside of the glass.. then you can use a spoon.. it just has to have a good contact surface.

Anyway.. that's probably more than you needed to know, hehe.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ohh, that's good stuff! Thanks!
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I used the wooden spoon handle since it was handy - did the job well! Many thanks for the suggestions! Its just a virgin mojito tonight, but I'm trying the real thing tomorrow - I'll let you know how it goes!
post #6 of 8
Do you have a french rolling pin-that should be enough of a flat surface (the end of the rolling pin) to mash things up a bit!!
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
French pins don't have the handle on them, right? I don't have one of those, but that's a good idea too! To get a little more mint flavor in them, I'm going to substitute the sugar for mint-infused simple syrup. I'm going to use the syrup for dessert anyways, so its economical. Plus, my poor little peppermint plant just doens't have that many leaves!
post #8 of 8
Okay, the price for all this advice is... we get mojitos, m'an... mmmmmmm
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