MOJITO

MOJITO

Learn how to make Mojitos with Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube & Bacardi. Follow our step-by-step mojito recipe for a refreshing summer cocktail.

To many people, the Mojito represents the perfect rum cocktail. The origins of the drink can be traced back to Cuba and the 16th-century Cuban cocktail El Draque, named for Sir Francis Drake.

Appropriately, 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.

The Mojito is traditionally served over ice in a highball glass and often associated with summer. Like your cocktails with literary references? You’re in luck. The Mojito is said to have been a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.

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

HOW TO MAKE THE MOJITO COCKTAIL

Lightly muddle the mint in a shaker.

Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup and ice and give it a brief shake.

Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

Top with the club soda.

Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

Equipment

  • A muddler (or rolling pin)
  • A spoon
  • A long glass

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Bacardi Carta Blanca
  • ½ fresh lime
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 heaped bar spoons of caster sugar
  • Dash of soda water
  • Cubed ice
  • Crushed ice
  • To Garnish: Sprig of Fresh Mint

How to mix

  1. Put the four lime wedges into a glass, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything together) to release the lime juice
  2. Put the mint leaves on one hand and clap. This bruises the leaves and releases the aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Use a muddler, bar spoon (or even a rolling pin) to gently push the mint down into the lime juice
  3. Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the Bacardi Carta Blanca. Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves
  4. Top up with crushed ice, a splash of the soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint

As if we’d talk about the Mojito without bringing up Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, writer of strong words and drinker of strong beverages, moved to Cuba in 1939, and a grandiose myth ballooned up about his deep admiration for Mojitos. At the iconic La Bodeguita bar in Havana, there’s even a handwritten note scrawled by Hemingway on the wall: Mi mojito en La Bodeguita, mi daiquiri en El Floridita. Or, “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri en El Floridita.”

But Ernest Hemingway as a Mojito man is a myth, according to Eater, and that wall quote is forged. Really, Hemingway liked daiquiris. At least, he wrote about daiquiris all the time, and never once mentioned a Mojito. The intrigue!

These days, drinking a Mojito with Cuban rum is a tricky endeavor unless you’re actually in Cuba (or a country that doesn’t hate Cuba). Havana Club is the most iconic brand of Cuban rum, but we in the States are blocked from drinking it thanks to a strict embargo. However, you can get Bacardi’s version of Havana Club, which is made in Puerto Rico and sold in the States. (There’s a lot of drama and a nearly 20-year legal battle over which is the “real” Havana Club rum that you can read up on here.) If authenticity doesn’t bother you all that much, just grab a bottle of Bacardi Superior at the liquor store. It’s up to the task of making a damn good Mojito.

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