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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tuesday Spotlight: Caridad Pineiro
Not all of my novels are about vampires and dark things. In fact, I decided to write the first South Beach Chicas story because I needed a change from the supernatural and wanted to explore the issues that many modern women face, namely, a friend’s marriage, an unexpected romance and of course, the relationships with our mothers.
When I started writing "Wild at Heart" from Friday Night Chicas, a story about four friends on a fun 30th birthday cruise, I also made the decision to move the story from my beloved Manhattan to another city that I’ve always enjoyed – Miami. Two very different cities with equally unique flavors. Manhattan is a melting pot of hundreds of cultures and millions of people. Cold, dark and anonymous at times like my vampires. Miami is sunshine and warmth, peppered with a variety of Latino cultures which embue the city with its very tropical vibe. Just the place for four sexy and modern women to pursue their careers and love as they do in Sex and the South Beach Chicas and South Beach Chicas Catch Their Man.
If you’ve read any of the Chicas stories, you know that any of the four women would order up a mojito while spending some time together or out on a date. Mojitos are a tasty Cuban cocktail – grown up limeade and perfect for those sultry Miami nights. I thought I’d share with you a simple recipe for the cocktail in case you wanted to have your own South Beach moment. I’m also sharing a photo with you from a recent research trip there! Is there another Chicas book coming up? Actually, the research trip is for Ardor Calls, another vampire book in THE CALLING series. I decided that there was one very special and very unique vampire – Stacia – who needed to get away from Manhattan and check out the fun in Miami. Ardor Calls will be out in 2010.
But without further ado, here’s that mojito recipe! Salud!
(pronounce it ‘mo-hee-toe,’ and savor the flavor of a night in South Beach!)
An easy mojito recipe to share with your friends:
1.5 oz white Rum
12 fresh spearmint leaves
7 oz club soda
2 tbsp. simple sugar syrup
(or 4 tsp. sugar)
Gently crush (muddle) the mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass.
Lightly squeeze lime into the glass.
Pour sweet syrup to cover the mint leaves and lime.
Fill glass with ice. Add Rum, club soda, and stir your mojito.
Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint.
If you don’t have simple sugar syrup, place granulated sugar, lime juice, rum and mint in cocktail shaker and shake until the sugar is dissolved. Then add the club soda and garnish.
For flavor variants, try spiced and mango rums! I prefer the original though because the taste is refreshing and light.
Note: For a chance to win one of three prizes from Caridad: an autographed copy of Soldier's Secret Child, autographed copy of Moon Fever, or a Sins of the Flesh T-shirt, CLICK HERE and answer the question on her spotlight.