But before you start making my favorite (and Hemingway's favorite) mixed drink, you'll need something to crush, mash, and muddle those mint leaves. I will show you how to make your very own quick, easy, and custom muddler.
I must give credit to my good friend Daniel Warren for coming up with the wood dowel muddler idea; I just upgraded it.
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Step 1: Supplies and Materials
- 1 section of wooden dowel (about 7 inches, depending on your preference)
- 1 Dremmel tool
- 1 bottle of Butcher block conditioner, or food grade wax/sealant
- 1 or 2 steady hands
- 1 good eye
Step 2: Step 1: Sizing Your Muddler
Then, get to sawing!
I made 4. They make good gifts.
Step 3: Step 2: Design and Cut
- Use your dremmel or sandpaper to sand down the rough edges
- Make your design. I saw a muddler somewhere that had a star shaped design on the tip, and wanted to replicate that.
- For my design, I used a sanding bit to carve out notches to distinguish a star some and a cross on the others.
Step 4: Step 3: Make It Purdy
On others I carved a little groove near the top to distinguish a handle.
On one, I made a neat, but accidental swirl by burning the wood with the sanding bit.
Step 5: Step 4: Condition the Wood
Apply a layer of wax/ conditioner and let it stand for at least 20 minutes. Wipe off any excess and buff with a cloth. Repeat 2-3 times for maximum sealability.
Step 6: Step 5: Make a Drink!
- 5-8 mint leaves ( or 2-3 of our garden giant mint leaves)
- 1 lime wedge
- 1-2oz rum (I prefer dark, but only had gold at the time)
- 2 splashes of aromatic bitters
- 1oz simple syrup (approx. 1 part water, 1 part sugar)
- 2oz soda water
Muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice. Add the rum, bitters, and simple syrup. Add soda water and ice. Enjoy, and repeat.
(I must give credit to the Warren Clan for this recipe)