A Journey Back in Time with the Classiest of Cocktails
Ah, the Mojito! The very mention of this iconic cocktail whisks us away to a breezy Cuban beach, palm trees swaying and rhythmic music filling the air. We can almost taste the zesty lime, refreshing mint, and just the right amount of sweetness as it dances upon our lips. Are you ready for a cheeky, retro-inspired adventure? Good, because we’re taking you on a journey back in time to rediscover the Mojito’s rich history and share a fabulous recipe to tantalise your taste buds.
A SPLASH OF HISTORY
The Mojito’s story is a rather fascinating one, dating back to the 16th century when a rather dashing chap named Sir Francis Drake sailed the Caribbean seas. His crew stumbled upon a local concoction made with aguardiente (a crude form of rum), lime, sugar cane, and mint. They called it “El Draque” in honour of their esteemed captain.
Over the years, “El Draque” was refined and ultimately evolved into the Mojito we know and love today. When Cuban rum replaced aguardiente, the cocktail’s flavour profile was elevated to new heights. By the 20th century, the Mojito had become synonymous with Cuban culture and a favourite of distinguished personalities like Ernest Hemingway, who famously declared: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita.”
A Fantastic Recipe with a Minty Twist
Now that you’ve been suitably transported back in time, it’s time to introduce our Mojito recipe with a twist: the exquisite Mint Cocktail Sugar. It’s a jolly good show, darlings!
INGREDIENTS FOR TWO SUBLIME LIBATIONS:
- Mint Cocktail Sugar from The Salty Rim Co.
- 2 oz (60 ml) white rum
- 1 oz (30 ml) fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp Mint Cocktail Sugar
- 6-8 fresh mint leaves
- Soda water, to top up
- Extra mint leaves and lime wedges, for garnish
- Crushed ice
- Begin by wetting the rim of a highball glass with a lime wedge. Then, dip the rim into your Mint Cocktail Sugar for a splendid minty finish. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the mint leaves and Mint Cocktail Sugar. Gently muddle the mint with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, just enough to release its aromatic oils. Remember, we’re going for first class here, so no need to pulverise the poor mint!
- Add the white rum and fresh lime juice to the shaker. Fill it with ice and give it a jolly good shake for about 15 seconds, or until the shaker is frosty on the outside.
- Fill your prepared highball glass with crushed ice. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass, taking care not to disturb the delightful minty rim.
- Top up the glass with soda water, and give it a gentle stir to incorporate all the flavours.
- Finally, garnish your masterpiece with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge. Voilà! You’ve just created the classiest Mojito this side of Havana.