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Mojito

A timeless summer cocktail

The tangy flavor of lime, cool, herbaceous mint, and the fruity bite of rum make the Mojito a beloved warm-weather drink. It’s easier to make than you might think—just grab a muddler and get smashing.

Cocktail History

Like most cocktails, the Mojito has a murky and hotly debated history. Some accounts trace it back Sir Francis Drake's exploits, while others claim the Mojito was the result of a South American medicinal concoction, and some like to say it was Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink (but people say that about almost every single cocktail). There are theories that the name comes from the Spanish word "mojar," meaning "to wet a little" and refers to the method of muddling mint leaves with a bit of water or sugarcane juice. Regardless of who invented it, the drink took off in Havana, Cuba and gained popularity worldwide, becoming one of the most well-known and often-ordered cocktails, much to many a bartender's chagrin.

While bartenders may heave a sigh at the prospect of muddling mint on a busy Friday night, the drink itself is simple, refreshing, and worth a little extra effort. Fresh mint is a must for this cocktail, so make sure you have some on hand before trying this drink at home.

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Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • Club soda
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedges and additional mint leaves for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Using a muddler, lightly muddle the mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until aromatic.

Fill the shaker with ice, then add the rum, lime juice, sugar or simple syrup, and shake.

Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with lime slices and more mint.

Enjoy this classic summer cocktail with a gold cocktail straw. Cheers!

MIXOLOGY INFLUENCE

The Mojito has undeniably left its mark on mixology. The refreshing combination of rum, lime, mint, sugar, and soda water has inspired countless variations and become a staple in bars worldwide. Mojito-inspired cocktails often showcase innovative twists, introducing flavors like berries, tropical fruits, or herbs, while still maintaining the essence of the original concoction.

The Mojito's influence can also be seen in the rise of muddled drinks, where fresh ingredients are crushed to release their vibrant flavors and aromatics. This technique has become a fundamental tool for mixologists, lending a refreshing and aromatic character to a wide range of cocktails. The Mojito's popularity has sparked a renaissance in rum-based cocktails, spurring a growth in the production of high-quality rums.

Today, the Mojito stands as a timeless classic that continues to inspire professional mixologists and home bartenders alike to incorporate unique herbs and fruit in their inventions. But while variations are wonderful, sometimes you just want the original. 

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