How to Make The Perfect Mojito: 3 Great Rum Recipes

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3 Mojito Recipes
3 Mojito Recipes
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The Cuban Cocktail

The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. A fantastic welcoming cold drink for those hot summer afternoons, or any afternoon for that matter. Is there every a need for a reason to indulge in a cuban cocktail? No: I couldn't think of one either.

The fresh minty flavor is a marriage with the rum and the fresh lime for once is a welcomed third party in this wonderful cocktail. If your new to the world of the Mojito: hold on to your hat; you're in for one hell of a treat.

The Cubans use spearmint or yerba buena a lighter leaf of the mint family, very popular in Cuba. Mint is very easy to grow, so if you like the following Mojito cocktails, you might want to invest in a window box and grow your own. However, if you are loving these tongue ticklers and you have a garden, that's fabulous: you can grow your own haven of mint and even opt for some yerba buena variety. There is no doubt about it; fresh cut mint is by far the best mint to use in this cocktail.

There are many varieties of Mojito. The most famous rum based cocktail in the world. To perfect your very own Mojito you will need the following...

Ingredients:

  • fresh mint leaves
  • a fresh lime cut into thick wedges
  • 1 teaspoon of cane sugar
  • 100 ml of a good quality white rum
  • soda water to top
  • plenty of crushed ice
  • a tall glass, known as a highball
  • straws

Method:

Put the lime, mint leaves and crushed ice into your glass and using a muddler mash the ingredients to release the juice from the lime and the oils from the mint. Don't create a mush, one or two good twists is all you need. It's important not to shred the mint leaves.

Add in a good quality rum, leave the cheap stuff on the shelf, it will ruin a good cocktail. Top with the soda water. Stir and serve with a sprig of mint. Pop in your straw and sip your way to heaven.

Bartender's Tip:

Before anyone gets muddled about the muddler, I will explain. A muddle is a bartenders tool, used to mash ingredients as above. A little similar to using a pestle and mortar to mash ingredients in cooking: garlic; pine nuts; spices etc.

Cocktail drinks like the Caipirinha made with cachaça and the Old Fashioned made with whiskey also require a muddler to be muddled. See the picture of a stainless steel muddler below in the last ebay advert. If you don't have a muddler, it's time to invest!

One for The Girls...

This blushing variation on your standard Cuban cocktail will add a ray of sunshine to your day.

Ingredients:

  • fresh mint leaves
  • a fresh lime cut into thick wedges
  • 1 teaspoon of cane sugar
  • 100 ml of white rum
  • cranberry juice to top
  • plenty of crushed ice
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 30 ml raspberry liquor
  • a highball glass
  • straws

Method:

Get your muddler and muddle the lime, mint leaves, crushed ice and raspberries in your highball glass.

Add the rum and the raspberry liquor. Stir and top with the cranberry juice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and stick in your straw. Delightful.

Bartender's Tip:

I use a straw with the Mojito cocktail, as it makes it easier to avoid the lime and mint floating in the glass.

Cane sugar comes from sugar cane and is a very sweet sugar, hence only using one teaspoon in the above drinks, if you have a sweet tooth use two.


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A Mojito with a Difference...

This cocktail is a real party player so get out your muddler. You will need a cocktail shaker for this one and...

Ingredients:

  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of soft brown sugar
  • 100 ml of golden rum
  • pineapple juice to top
  • plenty of crushed ice
  • a highball glass
  • straws

Method:

Muddle your pineapple chunks, mint leaves, brown sugar and crushed ice in a cocktail shaker.

Add the rum and shake to mix. Strain into your glass over more crushed ice. Top with the pineapple juice. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig. Pop in your straw and slurp.

Bartender's Tip:

When you are entertaining a few friends or having a party, put the ingredients to be muddled into a glass pitcher. Muddle and top with the rest of the ingredients as above. This makes less work for yourself and easy access for your guests to top up their drinks.

Otherwise, guess who's on cocktail duty and guess who won't be drinking cocktails?

© 2010 Gabriel Wilson

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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)


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cashmere 5 years ago from India

These look delicious. I need to get my hubby to try these out at our next party!


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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

I have actually tried it using a syrup but found it far too sweet; I like using the muddler to crush the ingredients too, it releases the flavors with a lovely aromatic smell. But hey that's just me.

Thanks for your suggestion and for reading :)


rockcake 5 years ago

Interesting recipe although me and my missis have found its far better to make a sugar syrup to mix with as opposed to just mashing it into the glass with the other ingredients. check out http://www.squidoo.com/make-the-perfect-mojito. This is the recipe we use these days. We have found that mixing with a syrup blends the elements together far better. Some people find this a little too much work for a drink but I think its well worth it. I recommend trying it once at least...


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tom_caton 6 years ago from The Desk

That pineapple one sounds like a great idea! Gotta try it..

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