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Old 02-05-2003, 10:28 AM   #1
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Yerba Buena

This one's for Lex, who brought up the subject of ''yerba buena'' (mint) when he posted the riddle of Lu Watters, on the Hello World, II thread. In my search for the meaning of ''yerba buena'' (or hierbabuena), I learned about a refreshing cocktail made with crushed mint leaves.


Mojito

Start with a glass of cracked ice. Add:

3 or 4 leaves of mint, crushed (use mortar & pestle, or molcajete)
1 spoonful of sugar (more or less, to taste)*

Pour in:
1 part white rum, to
2 parts soda water

Stir lightly.

Garnish with a twist of lime, if desired


*Or use sugar syrup, and combine first with the mint

This was supposedly a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway, who lived for some years in Cuba, where this drink originated. Much simpler than margaritas or dacquiris, the mojito is perfect for boondocking: that mortar & pestle needs no electricity!

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Old 02-05-2003, 04:27 PM   #2
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Wow!

What a great recipe. Thanks. We have several very large mint patches in our yard and I look forward to trying that recipe this summer. You could also freeze the leaves and take some along on camping trips. I'm sure Ernest would have approved.
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Old 02-05-2003, 05:01 PM   #3
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Getting thirsty

Thanks Mary. We'll try Mojito this summer, thats for sure. The plant is in our garden too.
Btw, I consulted my Spanish dictionary and indeed found the meaning 'mint'.
But 'yerba' also means 'marihuana' and 'buena' means 'good'.
Isn't that where Holland famous for, all over the world?? :pump
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What Holland is famous for...

Lex, that may well be, but if it makes you feel any better, my good friend from the Dominican Republic (La Republica Dominicana) is the one who told me yerba buena is mint.

I will ask him about Holland's version of mint and see if he's ever heard of it. :wink
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Old 02-05-2003, 05:10 PM   #5
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You're right Mary, of course.

The mint meaning is explicitly stated in the dictionary.
But if the words are separated, translated, and then again linked, there appear to be more possibilities.
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Old 02-05-2003, 05:22 PM   #6
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Why are you hiding behind that sofa?

I hear you, Lex. I think even in English, ''herb'' has more possibilities. I can't specifically recall where I heard that, or what the context was, of course.

:laugh

I think I will leave it at that.

I was only trying to get Okra! off the front index.

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Old 02-05-2003, 06:34 PM   #7
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Mary, Mary, Mary

Dang it, Mary, quit using bad words. And when you do, at least don't put your words in bold face. :bh

BTW, I thought Hemingway was noted for his Bloody Marys (no relation.) Now I imagine you're going to tell me yes, but he used pickled *o--a* for swizzle sticks.
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Sincere apologies George

I lost control. Will try to do better. Now will you stop banging your head against that brick wall? Please?

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Old 02-06-2003, 02:23 PM   #9
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Dang

Dang, I mint to have one of those last night, but forgot.
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Old 02-06-2003, 09:23 PM   #10
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Lori made one for me last night. She had to substitute the fresh mint with mint extract.

Way to much mint flavor, but good. We’ll try again.
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Old 02-07-2003, 07:28 AM   #11
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yerba buena

Mary

It will never replace Okra its to hard to spell.
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Old 02-07-2003, 07:32 AM   #12
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Yerba Buena

Nick,

But it's way more fun to pronounce.
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Better (don't ask) :)
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Yerba Buena

Sounds a lot better than stewed okra too.
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