How to Make the Perfect Mojito
As the Mojito it is the most popular cocktail in the country we thought we would share how to make the perfect one with you.
What you need
- Sugar Syrup (sugar water mix)
- Soda water
How to make
Cut a lime in to 4 wedges and put in a high glass
Add the squeezed juice of half a lime
Pour in a shot of sugar syrup
Give it all a stir
Add some mint leaves, and stir gently
Pour in a double shot of white rum (Or a little more if you like!)
Add ice and stir again
Top with chilled soda water
Add more ice if you can and a wedge of lime, and mint sprig to garnish.. sip away!
Brief History of the Mojito..
Havana is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as “El Draque”, after Sir Francis Drake. In 1586, after his successful raid at Cartagena de Indias. Drake’s ships sailed towards Havana, but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses; so a small boarding party went ashore at Cuba and came back with ingredients for a medicine which was effective. The ingredients were Aguardiente de Caña (a crude form of rum, translates as fire water from sugar cane) added with local tropical ingredients; lime, sugar cane juice and mint. Drinking lime juice in itself would have been a great help in staving off scurvy and dysentery. Rum was used as soon as it became widely available to the British (ca. 1650). Mint, lime and sugar were also helpful in hiding the harsh taste of this spirit. While this drink was not called a Mojito at this time, it was still the original combination of these ingredients.
The Mojito has routinely been presented as a favourite drink of author Ernest Hemingway. It has also often been said that Ernest Hemingway made the bar called La Bodeguita del Medio famous as he became one of its regulars and wrote “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita.” This expression in English can be read on the wall of the bar today, handwritten and signed in his name.
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