The classic Mojito cocktail is a refreshing citrus and mint drink that will cool you off on a hot summer day.
Sipping a Tall Mojito Cocktail is an Easy Way to Beat the Heat
This cocktail originated at a famous hotel bar in Havana, Cuba where they certainly know how to cool off. And while the Mojito is certainly one of Cuba's most famous creations, other great cocktails originated there, including the Cuba Libre and the Daquiri.
The island of Cuba is known for its hot, humid, tropical weather. James Bond can seen sipping a Mojito beachside in the movie Die Another Day. After all, what better way to escape the heat than a cocktail made from local ingredients such as sugar cane, rum, and lime?
If you've ever wondered what's in a Mojito, it contains pretty simple island ingredients:
- White rum
- Simple syrup
- Mint leaves
- Fresh limes
- Club soda
Many Mojito recipes use short cuts, such as sweetening with powdered sugar or using lime juice from a jar. Believe me, it's worth taking the time to mix this cocktail by hand and using the best Mojito recipe--a classic one such as this, with fresh ingredients.
I prefer to use this easy-to-make simple syrup to mix with rather than the fine, powdered sugar some recipes call for. It helps keep the mint leaves intact while muddling, and it doesn't leave a sugary mess in the bottom of the glass.
Tips for Success for an Easy Mojito Cocktail
How to make a Mojito with fresh ingredients? It's pretty simple, really.
- Use a cocktail muddler to help mash the mint leaves to release the oils from the plant.
- Muddling should be done gently. No need to destroy the leaves and have specs of green floating in the drink, making it hard to swallow -- go easy.
- Don't use a Mojito mix. They contain many chemicals and plenty of sugar, and you don't get the fresh, authentic taste.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you don't have a muddler in your home bar, simply use a wooden spoon to mash the mint leaves. Remember, the objective is not to shred them; you just want to mash them to release the mint oils.
A virgin Mojito does not contain alcohol. Follow the recipe below, and simply leave out the rum.
These drinks are quite different. The Mojito uses white rum as the base spirit whereas the Margarita uses tequila. The Mojito originated in Cuba and the Margarita may have originated in Mexico, depending on which legend you believe.
The classic Mojito cocktail is a refreshing citrus and mint drink that will cool you off on a hot summer day
2 ounces white rum
¾ ounce simple syrup
¾ ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
6-8 mint leaves
6 ounces club soda
- Pour the simple syrup into a cocktail shaker
- Add the mint leaves, and gently muddle the leaves until you really smell the oils
- Add the fresh lime juice and rum and shake for a few seconds
- Pour into a glass of ice and add some slices of lime
- Fill the remainder of the glass with club soda and stir
- Garnish with a lime wedge and some sprigs of mint
I like to rub some of the mint leaves around the rim of the glass to release the oils and give the drink a pop of mint flavor and aroma
Looking to cut back sugar? Try a sugar substitute like Stevia instead of the simple syrup
Feel free to leave out the rum and make it a virgin mojito
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