1. Make up a batch of 6-6-1 Lemonade. Start by juicing six lemons. A vintage Juice-O-Mat makes the job easy and fun, but you can use any kind of juicer. Next, combine the lemon juice, one cup of sugar and six cups of water in a pitcher. Stir well. Refrigerate.
2. Make Lemonade Margaritas. Combine 2.25 cups lemonade (or 2 cups lemonade and one-quarter cup freshly squeezed orange juice) and three-quarters of a cup of good Tequila. Cut a lemon or lime into wedges. Rub the rim of four glasses with the lemon/lime, then dip the rims in coarse salt. Fill the glasses with ice. Add Margarita mixture and stir gently with a long-handled spoon.
For two Mojitos: Place 12 large mint leaves in a medium-size glass measuring cup. Squeeze the juice of 2 limes over the mint leaves. Add 1 teaspoon powdered sugar. Using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon, muddle the mint into the lime juice and sugar to extract the mint essence from the leaves. Add 4 ounces of rum and stir.
Fill two glasses with ice. Add the lime-mint-rum mixture and stir. Add two ounces club soda and stir again. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Note: Experiment until the recipe suits your taste. We found the Mojitos a bit tart and got to thinking that bartenders probably use a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled to dissolve the sugar, then cooled) when making Mojitos.
So we're going to try them sweetened with simple syrup the next time. And again, if necessary, until we get the proportions just right.
Here's to the next time!