The Mojito - The Classic of Classics. The most popular and requested Cocktail of all cocktails ever created. A refreshing Cocktail that beautifully combines sweetness, sourness and a tingling of summer breezes.
The Mojito - The Ultimate Cocktail?
Considered by many Cocktail drinkers as the ideal Cocktail for a party or event. Safe, enjoyable and an all-round success. It is an easy cocktail to drink; one is just never enough. Summer parties serving only this Cocktail (as the only cocktail on offer) have been roaring successes. It is one of those Cocktails that can get away with being the sole star attraction at the Cocktail bar.
It is not a flashy Cocktail but on the other side of the coin, it is one of those Cocktails Professional Mixologists try and avoid. For them it can be messy (with all that sugar around), time-consuming and needs patience and skill to create properly.
- 6-8 small mint leaves (spearment)
- 25ml Simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
- 25ml fresh lime juice
- 50ml white rum
- Soda water to top-up (if desired)
Small mint leaves will produce a fresher and mintier flavour and be less harsh than older bigger mint leaves. Spearmint is the classic mint of choice though other varieties will add a different slant and taste to your Mojito.
There are a number of methods in creating a Mojito and variations. Here are just two methods. The first method is straight forward and favoured by a number of Mixologists. For those wishing to be a tad more 'flashy' or to give a showmnship performance, Method Two is the one to opt for.
Take the mint leaves in one hand and slap them against the palm of your other hand two or three times. This is to release of the oils in the mint leaves.
Place the mint leaves at the bottom of the Glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum.
Using a bartenders (long) spoon, carefully churn the ingredients around the glass. Add more crushed ice if needed. Churn again. If the glass frosts over on the outside, the Mojito is at the right temperature. The ingredients have mingled together perfectly.
Top-up with more crushed ice to the top of the glass. If desired, top-up with soda water.
Place the mint leaves into a Boston Can or Cocktail shaker.
Half fill the Shaker with crushed ice. Place the lid on to the shaker and shake to release the oils into ice. Don't over do. The crushed ice will muddle the mint leaves.
Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum. Shake to mix.
Pour into a Collins glass.
To garnish: Take a mint sprig or two in one hand and then slap them against the palm of your other hand. Place them into the side of the glass wedging against the crushed ice and a cocktail straw.
Top-up with soda water, if desired.
The Mojito Cocktail has an intruguing and controversial beginnings.
When and where it was actually invented for the first time as a Cocktail is not an easy question to answer. As with most things Cocktail, it is whom you trust to give the correct details.
If all the advertising is to believed, it was Bacardi who invented and promoted the actual Mojito Cocktail. Although Bacardi was established in 1862, “The earliest “mojito” recipes…found are from 1931 and 1936 editions of a Sloppy Joe’s Bar Manual.”
Sloppy Joe's Bar was a legendary bar in Havana frequented by all lovers of drink including Ernest Hemingway. Opening it's doors in the early 1930's, it finally closed at the start of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 leaving an historic document; A Bartender's Recipe book "Sloppy Joe's Bar Manual" containingg 169 Cocktails. Five of which were Mojitos and variations including one called, 'The Hemingway Special' - a sugarless Mojito as Hemingway it is said could not digest raw sugar. No sugar but the alcohol was doubled-up...
It is said Bacardi wanted to promote their white rum and invented, created, adopted, borrowed and so forth any potential popular Cocktails using white rum. True?
Other myths (or truths) can be read in our original researched article The Mojito Cocktail.
However it came into being, it is a true classic and a great Cocktail (if made correctly).