Mojito’s are my all time favourite cocktails. I keep trying different ones but none of them compare to a classic or even-not-so classic mojito. I work in a cocktail bar, so I’m cheating a bit with this recipe as I make it over and over again for customers.
If you want to know a bit of history, the mojito made it big during the prohibition period in America. This is when all alcohol was banned for consumption. To get round this, Americans would escape to cuba to indulge in both sun and rum!
I suggest using a cuban rum like Havana Club or Bacardi to stay authentic! To tell if a rum is originally from Cuba, look for the ‘Sello de Garantía’, the seal of authenticity which is ﬁxed to each and every bottle that is exported, by the Cuban government.
Mojito’s are cold, refreshing and light; making them perfect for drinking on a hot summers day or evening.
To make your own cuban style mojito you will need:
- Caster sugar
- Lime juice
- Rum- white or gold depending on preference
- Fresh mint sprigs
- Crushed ice
- Soda water OR lemonade, ginger beer or apple juice.
If you are lucky enough to have a proper cocktail kit with bar spoon etc, I’m guessing you know a thing or two about making them, therefore I will write this suggesting equipment everyone has at home so that everyone can make one!
- tea spoon
- long sundae spoon or regular fork
- high ball glass
1) Pour 4-5 tea spoons of caster sugar into your glass, I like mine extra sweet so I usually use 5. Then squeeze in half a lime, and 1 tea spoon of shop bought lime juice. Then add 50 mls of rum and stir it all together with the fork or sundae spoon to start dissolving the sugar.
2) Fill your glass up half way with crushed ice. Take about 12 mint leaves, and one chopped up mint stem in the palm of your hand; clap it, wipe it around the top of the glass and then throw it on top of the ice. We phrase this slightly more crudely at work… Then use your spoon or fork in a churning motion to mix in the mint with the ice and bruise it to release the flavour.
3) Pull up a few of the mint leaves with the spoon so they are spread through your drink, then fill the glass completely with crushed ice, before topping with soda water.
4) Serve with a sprig of mint by the straws and a wedge of lime.
If you have a really sweet tooth, you can top it with lemonade or apple juice. I also love mojito’s with ginger beer, especially if you are using a spice or gold rum.