Next to hand-wrapped cigars and Havana Club rum, the Mojito cocktail has to be one of the finest innovations to come out of this former communist Caribbean island. Refreshingly crisp and undeniably tasty, this is one cocktail that is both easy to make and a welcomed accompaniment to a hot summer’s day.
Making cocktails is a great way to spend time with (or get to know) that certain someone, whilst giving you the opportunity to show off a few skills. If you can, try and practice this on your own first as this will allow you to know the process and iron out any kinks before you have a “live audience”. Once you have a handle on it, invite her round and tell her to sit her sweet ass down while you attempt to make her the tastiest cocktail her lips will ever meet. To make things a bit more interactive, ask her to help out where possible or to grab the ingredients from the fridge / kitchen – i.e. “Ask her if she’d like to give your limes a good old squeeze, while you tinker with your muddle stick?”
The Mojito’s History
A mojito is traditionally made of five ingredients: spearmint, rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime, and carbonated water. Its combination of sweetness and refreshing citrus and spearmint flavors are intended to mask the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear cocktail a popular summer drink. Many hotels in Havana also add Angostura bitters to cut the sweetness of the mojito; while a popular variation, it is not the original version created in La Bodeguita del Medio. Source: Wikipedia
How To Make a Mojito
This is a surprisingly easy cocktail to prepare, and provided you have everything at hand, will only take you a couple of minutes to make. The following is a list of ingredients and items needed to make this impressive cocktail.
Ingredients: (1 serving = 170 Calories)
- 8x Fresh mint leaves
- 2x tsp Cane sugar
- Fresh Lime Juice – 50ml / 2 fl oz
- Havana Club White Rum (or Bacardi) – 50ml / 2 fl oz
- Soda Water – 25ml / 1 fl oz
- Tot measure – 25ml / 1 fl oz
- Chopping board
- Muddle stick / fork
- Highball glass
- Spoon or strirrer
- 1x Straw
Place 2x tsp of cane sugar into the glass along with the mint leaves. Then add, 50ml of freshly squeezed lime juice and take the muddle stick and “slosh” ingredients together but try not to break pieces of the mint leaves as these will be left floating. This allows the flavours of the mint to infuse with the other ingredients.
Add crushed ice to the glass (up to the top), then add 50ml of Havana Club white rum, or Bacardi will work just as well. Finish off with a top up of soda water, then swirl contents of glass to mix in. Add a sprig of mint to garnish, stick a straw in and serve. I’ve found a straw to be quite handy, as this prevents you from sipping up any stray mint leaves.
A truly classic cocktail, that if made right is sure to impress the pants off even the most stubborn of cynics.
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