The Mojito is one of our favorite refreshing summertime drinks. Like many other cocktails the quality of ingredients you use can make a huge difference in taste. Try experimenting with different rums and sugars to find the mix that fits your taste the best. A couple rums you might want to try out: Havana Club Anejo Blanco, Ron Matusalem Platino, and Bacardi Superior or Silver To mix a Mojito cocktail
Add 8-10 mint leaves and simple syrup to a chilled mixing glass. It's important to gently muddle the mint leaves so you don't bruise them.
Add lime juice, rum and stir.
Next add crushed ice and soda water.
Stir gently until all ingredients are combined.
Top it off with a little more soda water if needed.
If you want to add a little extra aroma of mint you can gently rub a mint leaf around the rim of the glass.
There are a couple ways to garnish a Mojito. Add a half lime (from the juice) with the ice before stirring, and/or sprig of mint leaves. Do not use an over crushed piece of lime because the oil from the skin can be bitter in taste and change the sweetness of the drink. The use of limes in the is more traditional mojito recipe.
Enjoy your Mojito!
There are countless (and very similar) recipes for the Mojito, but the following version is for the one Hemingway himself enjoyed at the Mojito's place of birth, La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba.
1 cl (0.3 oz) Lime Juice
2 cl (0.60 oz) Rum, white/light
0.75 cl (0.25 oz) Sugar Syrup
4 cl (1.25 oz) Soda Water
There are some that believe that the Mojito was actually born at La Floridita (well know for Daiquiris at the time). It's believe the Mojito came into existence some time between 1850 and 1920, during the modernization of the rum industry and the introduction of ice production.