Friday, April 4, 2014

The Mojito According to Bahama Bob

     The Mojito is one of my favorite cocktails and one that is actually very easy to make properly.  But, to many really creative ideas have really ruined it.   This is a cocktail with it origins in Cuba during the days of slaves cutting sugar cane.   The slaves are the ones that have been given credit for it's creation and I feel rightfully so.  The cocktail has come to the forefront in popularity in recent years and still one of the most refreshing cocktails ever.

     The trick to a good Mojito is don't over think it.  It is simply lime, sweetener, mint, rum and club soda, anything else is just there to cover up mistakes.   Two things ruin mojitos, over muddling and lime rind, both release bitter tars that can not be sweetened away.   Follow these simple instructions and you will have yourself a really tasty mojito even at home.

Bahama Bob's Mojito

  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
  • 1/2 oz. Sugarcane Syrup
  • 7 to 10 Mint Leaves
  • 2oz. Clean White Rum (not sugared or with flavors added)
  • Top up with Club Soda.
Squeeze 1/2 lime into the glass, add sugar cane syrup and mint leaves.  Now muddle gently with a smooth end muddler, mint is an herb and only needs to be bruised to release the flavor.  Fill glass with ice add the rum and shake until chilled.  Top up with Club Soda and garnish with a lime wheel and/or a sprig of mint.

   Follow these simple instructions and you will be enjoying a first class Mojito at home tonight.  ;o)