The mojito is the perfect drink to sip on a hot summer day. There are a variety of mojito recipes to choose from whether you want to use a premade mojito mix or create your own frozen mojito. Experimenting with a few mojito recipes will help you whip up the best mojito for your guests.
There are a variety of mojito recipes to choose from whether you want to use a premade mojito mix or create your own frozen mojito. Experimenting with a few mojito recipes will help you whip up the best mojito for your guests.
The mojito is a tasty cocktail with a questionable history. The first mojito drinks were reportedly mixed by the pirate Sir Richard Drake, supposedly made from a precursor to modern day rum in the 1800s. Still others claim that the first mojito was served by Sir Francis Drake in the 1500s. No matter who created the mojito, it is the Cubans who perfected this minty, lime and rum concoction, making it the perfect summer drink. The African slaves in the Caribbean provided the word from which the name hails. The name Mojito is derived from an African word-mojo-a word used by slaves who worked the sugar cane fields to describe placing a spell on someone. True to its name, this refreshing summer drink is sure to place a pleasant spell on anyone you serve it to.
While premade mojito drink mixes are available, you will really want to try making this drink from scratch for the best effect. Follow this simple recipe for the best mojito around.
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 ounces white rum
1 fresh lime
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 sprig of mint
1 quarter of a lime and one mint sprig for garnish
Squeeze the juice from a lime into the bottom of a glass. Add the sugar and three or four leaves from the sprig of mint. Muddle the mint, sugar and lime juice until the sugar is mostly dissolved and the mint is mashed into several small pieces. Add the rum and continue to mix, dissolving the sugar completely. Add four to six ounces of seltzer water and four to six ice cubes. Mix thoroughly. Serve in a collins glass with a garnish of a quarter of a lime and a sprig of mint. Enjoy.
Some mojito recipes call for a simple syrup instead of the sugar. This means you will simply heat an equal amount of sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar has dissolved, creating the simple syrup to be used in place of the sugar in this recipe.
You can also use guarapo (a tropical sugar cane juice) in place of the sugar in the recipe and can garnish the drink with a piece of sugar cane. Sugar cane is available in specialty food stores and online.
If you wish to make a frozen mojito, simply blend the recipe listed above, using only two ounces of seltzer water and six ice cubes.
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