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How to Make the Perfect Mojito: 3 Great Rum Recipes

Gabriel lives with her family on the Island of Madeira where a warm climate provides the perfect environment to enjoy the out door life.

It's a Mojito Moment

Add lime

Add lime

and mint

and mint

First Up: The Cuban Cocktail

The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. A fantastic welcoming cold drink for those hot summer afternoons, or any afternoon for that matter. Is there every a need for a reason to indulge in a cuban cocktail? No: I couldn't think of one either.

The fresh minty flavor is a marriage with the rum and the fresh lime for once is a welcomed third party in this wonderful cocktail. If you're new to the world of the Mojito: hold on to your hat; you're in for one hell of a treat.

The Cubans use spearmint or yerba buena a lighter leaf of the mint family, very popular in Cuba. Mint is very easy to grow, so if you like the following Mojito cocktails, you might want to invest in a window box and grow your own. However, if you are loving these tongue ticklers and you have a garden, that's fabulous: you can grow your own haven of mint and even opt for some yerba buena variety. There is no doubt about it; fresh cut mint is by far the best mint to use in this delicious cocktail.

There are many varieties of Mojito. The most famous rum based cocktail in the world. To perfect your very own Mojito you will need the following...

Utensils:

  • a tall glass known as a highball
  • a muddler
  • straws

Ingredients:

  • fresh mint leaves
  • a fresh lime cut into thick wedges
  • 1 teaspoon of cane sugar
  • 100 ml of a good quality white rum
  • cold soda water to top
  • plenty of crushed ice

Method:

Put the lime, mint leaves and cane sugar into your glass and using a muddler mash the ingredients to release the juice from the lime, the oils from the mint and the sweetness from the sugar. Don't create a mush, one or two good twists is all you need. It's important not to shred the mint leaves.

Next up is your crushed ice. Add in a good quality rum, leave the cheap stuff on the shelf, it will ruin a good cocktail. Top with the cold soda water. Stir and serve with a sprig of mint. Pop in your straw and sip your way to heaven.

Bartender's Tip:

Before anyone gets muddled about the muddler, I will explain. A muddle is a bartenders tool, used to mash ingredients as above. A little similar to using a pestle and mortar to mash/crush ingredients in cooking: garlic; pine nuts; spices etc. Cocktail drinks like the Caipirinha made with cachaça and the Old Fashioned made with whiskey also require a muddler to be muddled. A muddler is an essential tool in making The Best Mojito. There are no exceptions to this rule: you must use a muddler to make a mojito.

I own rather a few muddlers, what can I say I like using a muddler. My personal favourite muddler is a stainless steel muddler. This particular model is very easy to clean and the extra length is great to use when making large pitchers for parties. If you don't have a muddler, it's time to invest and start making mojitos.


A Best Seller: I love this stainless steel muddler it's perfect for making Mojitos, inexpensive and works a treat

Second in The Running: One for The Girls

This blushing variation on your standard Cuban cocktail will add a little ray of sunshine to your day and leave you all a glow. It's a weekend treat to have whenever you feel like a little bit of fun. Ok, forget the weekend bit, it's a treat to have whenever you feel like it: after all it's after 5pm somewhere right!

Ingredients:

  • fresh mint leaves
  • a fresh lime cut into thick wedges
  • 1 teaspoon of cane sugar
  • 100 ml of white rum
  • cranberry juice to top
  • plenty of crushed ice
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 30 ml raspberry liquor
  • a highball glass
  • straws

Method:

Get your muddler and muddle the lime, mint leaves, cane sugar and raspberries in your highball glass.

Add the crushed ice to your glass and pour in the rum and the raspberry liquor. Stir and top with the cranberry juice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and stick in your straw. Delightful.

Bartender's Tip:

I use a straw to drink my Mojito cocktails, as it makes it easier to avoid the lime and mint and get directly to the delicious rum.

Cane sugar comes from sugar cane and is a very sweet sugar, hence only using one teaspoon in the above drinks, if you have a sweet tooth use two. If you can't get access to cane sugar use pale golden sugar or white sugar.


A Delightful Fresh Fruity Cocktail Perfect for Summer Parties...

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Third and Heard: A Mojito with a Difference...

This super fresh cocktail is a real party player so get out your muddler and get the party started. You will need a cocktail shaker for this one and...

Ingredients:

  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of soft brown sugar
  • 100 ml of golden rum
  • pineapple juice to top
  • plenty of crushed ice
  • a highball glass
  • straws

Method:

Muddle your pineapple chunks, mint leaves, and brown sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add in your crushed ice.

Pour in the rum and shake to mix. Strain into your glass over more crushed ice. Top with the pineapple juice. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig. Pop in your straw and slurp.

Bartender's Tip:

When you are entertaining a few friends or having a party (or perhaps just feeling very thirsty), put the ingredients to be muddled into a glass pitcher. Muddle and top with the rest of the ingredients as above. This makes less work for yourself and easy access for your guests to top up their drinks. Otherwise, guess who's on cocktail duty and guess who won't be drinking cocktails? Got it in one: yes you!

© 2010 Gabriel Wilson

Comments

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on September 23, 2011:

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)

cashmere from India on September 23, 2011:

These look delicious. I need to get my hubby to try these out at our next party!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 14, 2011:

I have actually tried it using a syrup but found it far too sweet; I like using the muddler to crush the ingredients too, it releases the flavors with a lovely aromatic smell. But hey that's just me.

Thanks for your suggestion and for reading :)

rockcake on July 13, 2011:

Interesting recipe although me and my missis have found its far better to make a sugar syrup to mix with as opposed to just mashing it into the glass with the other ingredients. check out http://www.squidoo.com/make-the-perfect-mojito. This is the recipe we use these days. We have found that mixing with a syrup blends the elements together far better. Some people find this a little too much work for a drink but I think its well worth it. I recommend trying it once at least...

Tom Caton from The Desk on January 01, 2011:

That pineapple one sounds like a great idea! Gotta try it..