Make A Classic Mojito with Mickey J. Corrigan

The young male character in my new novel What I Did for Love is named Mojito, his father is called Mr. Mojito. This is the protagonist's way of telling you her story, and you might wonder why. Well, she's unreliable, kind of crazy, and a bit of a lush. She likes her booze. I'm not much of a drinker myself. I like a nice glass of red wine once in a while, but I don't normally go for the hard stuff. My characters are Irish-American, so I let them live it up for me. That way, I can write in the mornings instead of idling in bed with a hangover.
The other night, however, I had a mojito. In honor of the publication of the novel. The ingredients are native to Cuba, just like the drink itself.

Supposedly, the white rum drink was popular in the 16th century, when it was called El Draque after Sir Francis Drake, the English explorer. A hero at home, Drake was considered a pirate by the Spanish. The drink is both sweet and tart, so that explains the name. Later on, the rum cocktail was a favorite of one of my literary heroes, Ernest Hemingway.
It's easy to make a mojito if you know how to muddle. I didn't but I looked it up: you use a muddler, a kitchen tool made from bamboo or metal, to press fruit or herbs against the side of the cocktail glass. This releases the flavors so that they can bind with the alcohol. In this case, you muddle the limes and the mint, then garnish with both.

Make Yourself a Mojito
(serves 1)

10 fresh mint leaves
½ lime cut in 4 wedges
1 tbsp. sugar
1 cup ice cubes
1-2 oz. white rum
club soda
mint sprig

Make your drink:
1. Place mint in a glass. Muddle.
2. Add 3 of the lime wedges; muddle. Stir in sugar.
3. Fill glass with ice. Pour in rum.
4. Add club soda to taste.                      
5. Garnish with a mint sprig and 4th lime wedge.

A refreshing libation while you read What I Did for Love. Watch out, though, this little drink goes down real fast!

Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan writes pulp fiction, literary crime, and psychological thrillers. Her stories have been called "gritty realism," "oh so compulsive" reads, and "bizarre but believable." Her novellas and novels have been released by publishers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Salt Publishing in the UK released her satirical crime novel about a school shooting in 2017. Visit at


What I Did For Love: a breath-taking psychological thriller

What happens when a teacher falls for her student?

After her seventeen-year-old student fails to live up to his potential in class, Cathriona O'Hale conducts a parent-teacher meeting with the boy's widowed father. He is attractive, intelligent, and exceedingly wealthy, everything an unmarried middle-aged woman would normally find appealing. But O’Hale is not your average forty-something. She's a wild card who has a crush on the man's teenage son.

As the relationship between O’Hale and the man blossoms, she finds herself juggling father and son while battling the true source of her lust and forbidden love.
So when the father proposes, O’Hale has a choice to make -
Love or crime?
And when her decision is made, the consequences might just be deadly…

Check out the trailer of "What I Did For Love".


  1. The novel sounds so interesting, congrats! Have a lovely day ☺☺

  2. I’d rather have a glass of sweet white wine.

  3. thanks for the recipe, and the book sounds great.

    1. Thanks so much, Christine. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. congrats on your novel, how exciting and it does sound interesting!!

    thanks for visiting me, i'm glad you enjoyed my pictures!!!

    1. Thank you! Hope you get a chance to read the novel. Let me know what you think...

  5. Always wondered how to muddle:) Thanks for the recipe, and a big congrats on what sounds like a very exciting book!

    1. Thanks, Chris. Muddling was new to me too!

  6. I'm much more comfortable with this sort of cooking. Cheers!

  7. I muddled a lot in college if you know what I mean.

  8. congratulation for your novel publication...sound a good story

    1. Thank you so much, Tanza. Hope you enjoy it.

  9. Thanks for the recipe and the novel sounds so good! Congrats!!!

    1. Thank you! Let me know if you like the book...

  10. Sounds like an intriguing story. Congratulations on the new book!

  11. I did not know the history of the mojito- though I have enjoyed them. :) Congrats on the book, Mickey!

  12. Congratulations on the release of your book and thanks a lot for the Mojito info and recipe xoxo Cris


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