If you have been following my blog or Instagram, you will know that my favourite drink is a classic Mojito and if it is a special occasion I like it with a splash (or two) of Champagne.
I share my love for Mojitos with the famous author Ernest Hemingway, who made them famous at at Havana’s La Boguedito del Medio.
Havana, Cuba is considered to be the birthplace of the Mojito. The origin of the classic cocktail has been under much debate though, with some theories stating that Sir Francis Drake had something to do with it when he turned up in Havana as a pirate. What is clear though is that it is over 500 years old.
“A mojito is one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails — it comes from the African word mojo, which means to place a little spell.” — The Havana Journal.
The main ingredients of Mojitos are white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. You can jazz it up with different fruit juices, such as Mango, Passion fruit and Melon.
Other famous people who helped make the Mojito famous include Pierce Brosnan, who drank a mojito in his role as James Bond in “Die Another Day. Johnny Depp also drank Mojitos in “The Rum Diary,”,and the drink made an appearance in “Miami Vice” as well.
Here is the recipe for my dream Mojito:
- 2 parts good quality rum
- ½ fresh lime
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 heaped tea spoons of caster sugar
- Dash of soda water
- Cubed ice
- Crushed ice
- To Garnish: Sprig of Fresh Mint
- Put the four lime wedges into a tall glass and add the sugar and muddle to release the lime juice.
- 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 to gently push the mint down into the lime juice and mixi it.
- Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the rum. Stir together until the sugar dissolves.
- Top up with crushed ice, a splash of soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint.
- Enjoy 🙂