ALTHOUGH THE ORIGIN OF THE MOJITO IS UNCERTAIN, THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THIS CUBAN CLASSIC IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR COCKTAILS.
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Sharp, tangy and refreshing, the Mojito is the signature cocktail of Cuba, and the perfect accompaniment to long, hot summer nights. The exact origin of the Mojito cocktail is uncertain, but the most widely accepted story dates to the 16th century, when Sir Frances Drake’s ships were headed for Havana; his crew onboard were suffering a particularly bad outbreak of scurvy and dysentery. The locals were known to have remedies for tropical illnesses, so a boarding party went ashore and returned with a medicine made up of sugar cane rum, lime, sugar cane juice and mint. Although it wasn’t called a Mojito at the time, it’s the first record of the ingredients being mixed together as a drink.
Juice of 1 lime
1tsp granulated sugar
Handful of small mint leaves, plus an extra sprig to serve
50ml white rum
Plenty of fresh crushed ice
Served in a tall Collins glass, the secret to making an authentic Mojito is in the muddling of the lime, sugar and mint. Some Mojito recipes use sugar syrup and lime juice to save time muddling the ingredients, but crushing the harsh grains of sugar against the mint leaves helps to release more of their sharp fragrance. Once muddled, add a good handful of crushed ice and pour over the rum. Stir the mixture with a long handled spoon and top up with Premium Soda Water. Garnish with a sprig of mint and add a small straw to serve.
Mixers: Club Soda