The Classic Mojito

The Mojito is arguably the world’s most famous cocktail, and regularly appears on the list of most requested mixed drinks from countries all around the globe.

The name itself seems to conjure up images of dusty Caribbean beaches with the sun shining down, and many people do enjoy the drink as they take in the warm summer’s sun. The Mojito though is also a drink that is enjoyed by many on a night out on the town or at a house party. A well constructed Mojito is both punchy, highlighting the flavour of the rum, and refreshing, partially due to the incorporation of lime juice into the cocktail.

-Ingredients for a Mojito (one serving)

12 fresh mint leaves

2 fluid ounces of white rum

¾ fluid ounce of fresh lime juice

½ fluid ounce of sugar syrup (also known as simple syrup)

Soda water

The Mojito is normally served in a Collins glass, and the making of the drink starts by placing the mint leaves into the glass. The leaves are gently muddled to help release the mint flavour before the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup are added. The glass is then filled halfway up with crushed ice, and the mixture gently stirred with a bar spoon or stirrer. Additional ice is then added and the mixture stirred once again.

Soda water is then finally added; the amount of soda water is really dependent upon taste before the drink is stirred one final time. The finishing touches are the addition of a spring of mint as garnish and a drinking straw, and now the refreshing Mojito is ready to be drunk and enjoyed.

The Mojito has come a long way since its Cuban roots, and many people, both professional bartenders and amateurs, have experimented with the drink. This has given rise to a number of variations on the classic Mojito often where the alcoholic base is amended; giving rise to the Mexican Mojito (Tequila based), English Mojito (gin) or Dirty Mojito (spiced rum and brown sugar). The taste of the drink is also often changed by adding fruit flavours, such as mango or strawberry, giving rise to new drinks.