A mojito (pronounced mo-HEE-toe), comes from the African word mojo, which means to place a little spell. It was born on the island of Cuba and is one of the nation’s oldest cocktails.
The drink has a disputed history. Some say the drink’s roots go back to 1586 when the famed explorer Sir Francis Drake and his pirates landed in the city of Havana, in order to sack the city of its gold.
Almost all of the ingredients in the Mojito are indigenous to Cuba. Rum, lime, mint and sugar (derived from cane juice) are mixed with soda water to create a refreshing classic cocktail.
For many people, the Mojito represents the perfect rum cocktail and often associated with summer.
While the Mojito is slightly more labor-intensive than other cocktails because it involves muddling the mint, the end result is a delicious, refreshing cocktail that can be enjoyed any time of the year.
Step 1: After gathering all of the ingredients, proceed to cut the lime into thin slices. The amount of lime necessary will vary by the number of mojitos you plan to make. For this recipe you will only be making one mojito, so two to three slices of lime will be sufficient. You may use more if you prefer a strong lime flavor in your drink.
Step 2: Now place several mint leaves in the cup. Add to the cup the slices of lime you just cut. Finally add your desired amount of sugar.
Step 3: Now using the muddler, crush and combine all of the ingredients in the cup. Twist your wrist in a circular motion when crushing all of the items. Be sure to not crush the mint into a pulp. You want to extract the juices from the lime and mint. Stop when you observe a significant amount of liquid has been extracted.
Step 4: Empty the contents of the cup into the drink shaker. Add simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice (crushed ice works better if you enjoy a slushier mojito) and then place the lid. Now using a firm grip, shake the shaker. Be sure to not shake the items too vigorously. Shake for around 15 – 25 seconds. Then place the shaker back down on the table and remove the lid.
Step 5: Now pour (unstrained) the contents of the shaker back into the glass. Pour a small amount of club soda in the drink. Place some mint in the drink for garnish, and place a slice of lime on the rim of the glass for aesthetic. You have now made your first mojito!
Enjoy it but be sure to drink cautiously! 😉