The Mojito cocktail is an old Cuban original made from white rum, mint, lime, sugar or simple syrup, and soda water. It’s minty, citrusy, and refreshing, and while the Mojito cocktail can be a bit of a pain to make thanks to the muddling involved, it’s a classic drink for a reason. The origins of the name Mojito are somewhat murky, but it likely comes from the word mojo, referring to a family of Caribbean spices, or the word mojado, meaning “wet.” The Mojito was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway (though not as much as the Daiquiri), and is a great cocktail for sipping on the beach or at backyard barbecues.
|1.5-2 oz light rum|
|Juice of 1 lime (1 oz)|
|0.75 oz simple syrup|
|5-6 mint leaves|
|Mint sprig and lime wedge for garnish|
Preparation: How to make a Mojito
- In the bottom of your chilled highball glass, muddle 5-6 mint leaves by pressing lightly with your muddler.
- Add simple syrup, lime juice, and rum, then fill the glass with soda water and stir.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint (clap the leaves between your hands once to bruise them and bring out the aroma) and a wedge of lime.