|Do not judge a Bajito by its outward appearance|
Today we have the Bajito, a mix of dark rum, fresh lime, simple syrup, mint leaves, and basil leaves. The Bajito continues our mini-run of drinks that feature fresh mint although at a week old we are stretching the definition of “fresh”. The basil we used was as fresh as fresh can be, though, coming directly from the Bottle Wonderland back forty into the cocktail shaker. You might be surprised that the Estate features an extensive farm. Despite our affinity for the green plastic lime, Mrs. Bottle and I are actually big proponents of sustainable local food. That is why I plan to move very close to the Jelly Belly Factory.
Even better than food from the local farm is the food you grow yourself. Knowing we raised that basil from a small basil plant purchased at Lowe’s all the way to its current incarnation as a medium sized basil plant brought extra satisfaction to every sip. It would have brought even more satisfaction if we could have actually tasted the basil in the drink. While there was a hint of basil, the drink pretty much tasted like a regular Mojito. That isn’t a bad thing since a Mojito is delicious and so is the Bajito.
Where the Bajito falls down is in its appearance. Bajito is Spanish for “squat” and I have to assume it is called that because it is shorter than a Mojito and not because it looks likes like something that happens when one is squatting. The good news is that it has 3 ounces of rum so after one or two you won’t care how it looks. Four or five of them will probably make a lot of things look better than they are. I recommend it before reading TBIAW.
Overall Rating for the Bajito
Ease of Preparation: 2
Drinks Until Blackouts: 4 – 29% Alcohol
3 oz Dark Rum
1 tbsp Simple Syrup
5 Slices Fresh Lime – How much is that, anyway?
4 Fresh Basil Leaves
4 Fresh Mint Leaves