Probably the world’s most recognisable cocktail, the mojito is a classic rum-based drink that originates from Cuba. Despite the warm and tropical connotations of its DNA, the mojito can be enjoyed all year round. The best thing about this drink is its ability to be customised by whomever is making it; a well-stocked bar/kitchen can really help set your mojito apart from the traditional recipe and guests will love a well executed spin on their drink.
Any mojito requires at least the following:
- Rum (different mixologists will recommend either white or gold rum. I personally don’t have a preference as long as it’s good quality)
- Sugar cane syrup
- Soda water or sparkling wine (for a fresher taste, soda water is better, whereas sparkling wine will add a welcome richness to the flavour)
- Ice (Bars traditionally serve mojitos with crushed ice. I personally find the process of crushing ice to be unnecessary so ice cubes are fine)
- A straw
First off, you want to pick out your glass. Highball glasses are the most popular receptacle but all you need is one which is appropriate to muddle your mint in- a delicate flute glass is probably not ideal.
Take out and wash your mint leaves; the more leaves, the stronger the taste of mint. I normally pick around 12 leaves and place them directly in the glass. Then add half a lime juice.
This is where you can play around with the recipe and taste. After adding the mint and juice, you can also add a variety of fruit, such as orange, blueberry, raspberry and kiwi.
Lightly muddle (crush) your mint, and any fruit you might have added, to release the flavour with the lime juice. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a wooden spoon or the end of a rolling pin. Then add 40 ml of rum and a dash of sugar syrup. For a sweeter taste, more syrup can be added after you’ve tried your first sip.
What I do next is fill half of my glass with ice cubes and slowly pour in my soda water or sparkling wine. Stir gently with your straw, add a mint spring to garnish your drink and that’s how you finish making your mojito!