The Mojito (pronounced: moe-hee-toe) is a classic Cuban cocktail most closely tied to Cuba’s famous La Bodeguita del Medio bar. This drink is extremely refreshing and is a great cocktail to order on a hot summer day or when hitting the dance floor. The basic drink is remotely similar to limeade, but that’s where the comparisons stop.
When preparing your Mojito, gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup and lime juice. You don’t want shredded leaves floating around in the drink. It doesn’t make for good presentation, and you just need to bruise the leaves to release the essential oils. After muddling pack lots of ice over the mint leaves to keep them from floating around. Add your rum and then top off with the soda water.
Some recipes call for bitters, but a genuine Cuban Mojito does not contain bitters.
Since the Mojito has gained more popularity, people have been creating unique and tasty variations. To keep this drink fresh try adding Perrier, lime flavoured Perrier or champagne in place of the club soda. You can also add berry purees, such as raspberry or mango. Or check out the Centaur, which is a cognac and ginger ale cocktail based on the Mojito.