It’s time for this weeks cocktail and I thought this week I would move away from the citrus type cocktails and go for something completely different. Subsequently today I am going to share with you the Mojito cocktail recipe. Irresistibly fresh and punchy, this authentic mojito cocktail recipe is a one-way salsa dance to the Caribbean. Wish I was there now! While I’m at it I wish I could salsa dance!
Mojito Cocktail Recipe
- 1½ limes, cut into wedges
- 20 fresh mint leaves
- 2½ tsp granulated sugar
- handful ice
- 65ml/2½fl oz white rum
- splash soda water, to taste
- fresh mint sprig, to garnish
Place the limes, mint and sugar into a sturdy highball glass and ‘muddle’ or mash with the end of a clean rolling pin, to bruise the mint and release the lime juice.
Add the ice and pour over the rum.
Add soda water to taste and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.
History Of The Mojito
Havana, Cuba, 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 on Cuba and came back with ingredients for an effective medicine. The ingredients were aguardiente de caña (translated as burning water, a crude form of rum made from sugar cane) mixed with local tropical ingredients: lime, sugarcane juice, and mint.
Lime juice on its own would have significantly prevented scurvy and dysentery, and tafia/rum was soon added 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 the original combination of these ingredients.
A survey by an international market research company found that in 2016 the Mojito was the most popular cocktail in Britain and France.
Bank Holiday Weekend
I’ve just had a quick peep at the weather forecast and for once this bank holiday weekend looks like it is going to be a hot one so this refreshing mojito cocktail recipe might be just the ticket.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget the suntan lotion.