How to make a Mojito?
The most important ingredient apart from the rum is the mint. I have tried to source the Cuban mint, unfortunately I have not been able to. Instead of using the far too strong spearmint I suggest to use greek mint.
Although some recipes tell you to use powdered sugar, I wouldn’t not advise it. This is far too sweet and having watched and chatted to many bartenders it is better to go for ordinary sugar. The original recipe of Mojito is with lime juice, but the Cubans have moved on and use mostly lemon juice these days. It gives you a far milder taste. In the end you want to taste the rum and a hint of the other ingredients.
The really knack is to crush the mint leaves. So if you prefer the stirred version, you have to crush (or batter) the leaves before you add it to the glass.
Almost forgot.. There are 2 ways to prepare a Mojito; stirred or stamped. To be honest just like Martinis, which I like to be stirred not shaken, I like my Mojitos stamped and not stirred… Of course it’s your call…
My top three Cuban recipes…
Many thanks to all those great guys, who advised me on the various recipes from Havana to the southern coast of Cuba.
1 highball glass
juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 measure of rum ( or more if like me you like a kick)
Handfull of mint
4 ice cubes
Sparkling mineral water
Put lemon juice, sugar and mint in a glass. Stamp or stir it till the sugar has dissolved. Add the ice fill up with the sparkling mineral water till half full. Stir for 2 minutes. Add the rum. Stir again. If the glass is not completely full, top up with more sparkling water.
The quick Mojito
If you want a quick fix after a hectic day. Just put the lemon juice in a glass. Crush the mint leaves, add the ice and add lemonade. Stir for 1 minutes and then add the rum. Stir again. If the glass is not full add more lemonade. Definitely your fix within seconds…
The Mojito with a kick
Our favourite one… if like a bit of a kick you’ll really love this one; just add a few drops or more ( as I do) of Angostura bitter and stir after you have finished the classic Mojito. Just bliss…
Best places to grab one in central Cuba…
We have tried Mojitos in many places. Of course not in every bar, but from the ones we have tried and tested, we think these ones are the best…
Surprising find! The airport in Havana