Summer Sippin'--Harlem Style

Barbecues will never be the same after you try these hot recipes from the chef of Harlem's The Den: Tony Montana Mojito, Kool-Aid Kooler, Bruce Leeroy Shrimp and more.

Say hello to my leeettle friend: The Tony Montana Mojito

In celebration of summer, we at the DEN want to share some love with you...Harlem style. That Fourth of July BBQ is just around the corner and some of your esteemed guests may be tired of the same old, same old. So here's a chance to show 'em the new hotness for this year. Or, if you happen to be one of those busy-body guests that wants to take over the party (there's always at least one or two, and you know who you are), you can politely suggest that your host serves some of these summer favorites...


This gangsta version of a mojito comes with a 'little friend'—a Patron Tequila Chaser.


Sugar, Fresh Lime, Fresh Mint, Bacardi Limon Rum, Patron Silver, Tequila, Sprite, a muddler


Take a tall glass and add the sugar, sprigs of mint and 2-3 wedges of fresh cut lime. Use a muddler to crush the limes, mint and sugar together. If you don't have a muddler, you can use the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill the glass up with ice and add about 2-3 ounces of Bacardi Limon rum. If you don't want to worry about ounces, fill the glass half way up with rum, and then fill the other half with Sprite. At this point, all the good stuff is going to be on the bottom, so you need to shake it up. If you don't have a cocktail mixer, pour the entire contents into a larger glass and then pour it back again so that the ingredients are well-mixed. Now, pour a shot of Patron silver into a separate shot glass and serve with the mojito.

The dime bag of sugar on the side is purely optional!

***COOL VARIATION: Throw some fresh raspberries in the mix with the limes, mint and sugar, and replace the Bacardi Limon with Bacardi Razz and you have a "MARION BERRY MOJITO."