Love mojitos? Your barman makes it so fast and chooses to keep his trade secrets a mystery. The Mojito is a popular cocktail that everyone falls in love with. Each tapster has their signature attached to the cocktail. The mojito recipe is easy, and you can make your drink at home or for a party.
The History of the Mojito Recipe
Mojito has a long history running hundreds of years attached to it. What most people know is that the drink has its origins in Cuba. Several theories exist on who discovered the drink. Mojito is said to come from the African word Mojo, which means spell. African slaves working in the sugarcane fields are believed to have been the original inventors of the drink. Back in the days, rum was very bitter. They came up with a way of enjoying it by mixing it with mint and sugarcane juice.
Another of the stories associates the drink to Sir Francis Drake, a sea captain and renowned slave trader. In the late 16th Century, Drake sailed to Havana, the Cuban capital. His crew was suffering from scurvy and dysentery. Part of the crew came up with an efficient way of treating both diseases. They brought on board a mixture of crude rum, mint, sugarcane juice and lime from the Cuban coast. Rum and lime carried the medicinal properties, but they were too bitter hence needed to be suppressed by mint and sugarcane juice. The result was a drink known as “El-draque” which would years later evolve to become mojito.
The drink rose to popularity when American writer Sir Earnest Hemingway declared his love for the drink in the legendary La Boguedito del Medio Bar in Havana. On the wall of the bar is an inscription by Earnest Hemingway “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita.” Many people visiting Cuba will stop by the bar to enjoy a mojito just like him.
A Classic Mojito Recipe
You will require a muddler, glass, and spoon to make the mojito.
Mojito Recipe: Ingredients
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
A slice of fresh lime
10 mint leaves
1 ounce Simple Syrup (Sugar water) or 1 tablespoon of fine sugar.
1/2 ounce chilled club soda
2 ounces white rum
The Mojito Recipe: How to Make
- Muddle the lime juice with the sugar, if using syrup simply mix the two.
- Add eight of the mint leaves and mash them with the solution. The bruises created on the leaves will release the aroma of the mint leaves into your drink. You can use the muddler or spoon to rub them against the glass.
- Now fill two-thirds of your glass with ice cubes and pour in the rum
- Pour club soda and place your remaining mint leaves at the top to garnish. Alternatively, you may pitch a slice of lime at the top of your glass.
Customizing the Mojito Recipe
Over the years, mojito has evolved; you can use various ingredients to customize the drink. For instance, to have a tropical twist, you can use passion fruits. Cut a passion fruit in half at scoop out its centers. Strain them through a sieve to get their juice. Now make the classic mojito then add the passion juice as you add the rum. You can float a slice of passion fruit to garnish. Maybe, you do not have white rum at your disposal, but you still want to make a mojito. Easy, substitute the rum with vodka. Club soda can be replaced with sprite.
Are you the designated driver? Not to worry, you can also enjoy a mojito. A virgin mojito is one without alcohol content. As you prepare the classic mojito, leave out the rum or vodka. To add color and taste mango juice can also be used to make virgin mojitos. If you love fruity cocktails, you may opt to try out the raspberry mojito. Add raspberries and an ounce of sugar to two ounces of lime juice. Use a muddler to gently press them. Clap mint leaves on your hands then add them to the mixture. Add ice and top up the solution with two ounces of rum and an ounce of club soda. You can garnish with mint or raspberries.
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Mojito is quite popular. According to a 2014 study by CGA Strategy, the mojito was the most popular cocktail in Britain. As we have seen, you can customize your mojito recipe to suit your taste buds and available ingredients. The best thing about mojito is that you will enjoy it with friends while at the same time benefiting from the medicinal properties of lime and mint.
If you have your own twists, share your mojito recipe with me by leaving a comment below.