Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Mojito: A Cuban Classic

     The Mojito is traditionally a cocktail that consists of five basic ingredients: white rum, sugar,or sugar cane juice, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint.   The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety very popular on the island.   The Mojito is a combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and has made this clear highball a popular summer drink.  

     The History of the Mojito is one that has many origins, but they stay centered around the island of Cuba.  The most important this is that it is a Cuban cocktail that is really refreshing and very popular down here in the tropics.

Bahama Bob's Mojito
  • 2oz. White Rum
  • Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
  • 3/4 oz. Sugar Cane Syrup
  • Club Soda

     When preparing a Mojito, lime juice, sugar or cane syrup and mint leaves are placed in the a 12 oz. tumbler.   The mixture is then gently muddled  with a smooth wooden muddler, the mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and not be shredded.   Then ice and rum is added and the mixture is briefly shaken to blend and chill the mixture.   Finally, the drink is topped sparkling soda water and garnished with mint leaves and/or lime wedges.  The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based highballs.