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Mojito

Ingredients

  • 2 Oz white rum
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Oz simple syrup
  • 6 Mint leaves
  • Soda water
  • Crushed ice or ice cubes

Garnish

  • Mint sprig
  • Lime wheel

Glass

Collins

Directions

  1. Lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded. 
  2. Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. 
  3. Finally, the drink is topped with whole ice cubes and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.

Notes

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety very popular on the island. 

The Mojito translates to "Something a little wet". Wikipedia
  • Many hotels in Havana also add Angostura bitters to cut the sweetness of the Mojito; while icing sugar is often muddled with the mint leaves rather than cane sugar, and many establishments simply use sugar syrup to control sweetness.
  • A "Dirty Mojito" uses spiced rum, brown sugar syrup, key limes, crushed mint and soda.
  • A Mojito without alcohol is called a "Virgin Mojito" or "Nojito".
  • An "English Mojito" uses gin in place of rum and sprite as a substitute for sugar/soda.
  • A "lychee mojito" is a mojito made with lychee syrup or liqueur and is popular in Hong Kong.
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