Cuba is the birthplace of the Mojito. This unique and very refreshing drink is perfect for this time of the year (it’s been very hot up here in Eastern Ontario). Many of you (like myself) have planted mint in their gardens, and yes now is the time of the year where it’s very abundant.. so why not incorporate it in this drink.
The Mojito has a great balance of sweet, bitter and tangy elements. The key is to muddle well my foodie friends. What is it to muddle you may ask? To muddle is to combine ingredients, usually in the bottom of a mixing glass, by pressing them with a muddler before adding the majority of the liquid ingredients.
You can also try adding in other fresh fruits when you muddle, and use their liquors or bitters to bring out their flavors.
2 oz light rum
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
1/2 oz vodka (or other lime vodka)
1/2 lime (about 4 wedges)
12 fresh mint leaves (chocolate mint works well too)
3 oz club soda
2 tsp sugar
In a highball glass, place the limes, mint and sugar.
Muddle together, but don’t break down the mint too much, otherwise, you might be sipping mint bits (yep, you’ll have mint leaves stuck in your teeth). If you don’t have muddler, use a wooden spoon, or the bottom of an ice cream scoop handle. The goal is to crush the juice from the limes, the sugar has the role of being an abrasive to the mint (releasing its fresh taste; the mint). To crush too much, the goal is not to dissolve the sugar, the liquids you add afterwards (and the stirring) will take care of this.
Then, pour in the alcohols.
I’ve heard of folks adding the ice at this point, I don’t because it makes the sugar hard to dissolve. What you want to do now is stir the mixture (don’t shake it because this will cause the mint leaves to breakdown (remember mint stuck in teeth…)
When the sugar is dissolved (after about 20 stirs, or when you look at the bottom of the glass and see no sediment), add lots of ice, and top off with the club soda (just to the top).
Stir to mix in the club soda, and drop in a straw and enjoy!
(You can also add a frilly little umbrella if …