Gotta give it to the Cubans to come up with a great drink and reason to have a rum or two, three, four… and what better way to celebrate Rum Day (16 August) than with a refreshing Mojito?!
I’ve always had a thing for rum, especially Bacardi. Sure, it was the first high alcohol volume spirit I started with and always come back to. Versatile, bold and little bit on the crazy side….just like me. It’s a pretty easy-going cocktail that’s really a mixer-style drink, like a Cuba Libre (Rum & Coke).
Grab your bottle of white rum and you’re more than half way there. Aside from that you’re going to need fresh mint, good lime, sugar or sugar syrup and soda water. Some people like to put in some Angostura bitters to cut through the sweetness of the cocktail.
If you like you can replace white rum with a barrel aged or spiced rum, but lets keep it simple, shall we?
Making your Mojito
Don’t be intimidated by a mojito, its pretty simple cocktail to make. Most people will have a bottle of Bacardi at home and if you don’t, you should.
What you need:
- 50mL rum (Bacardi Carta Blanca)
- 4 lime wedges
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2tsp sugar
- 25mL soda water
- sprig of fresh mint
Grab a highball glass and squeeze the lime juice from the limes and drop them in. Add sugar and lightly muddle them together. Lightly crush the mint leaves in your hand, rub them around the glass and drop them into the glass.
Fill the glass half with ice, add your rum and give the mixture a stir. Add crushed ice, top with soda water and your fresh mint to garnish.
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