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How to Make A Mojito

Rum, lime, mint, sugar and soda

Fresh and simple

‘Made with hot Havana nights in mind, the Mojito is Cuba’s oldest cocktail‘

Excessively popular, and often mispronounced, the Mojito is one of the success stories of the cocktail renaissance. It’s a clean, simple and fresh-tasting drink that is easy to sip on.

Based on the old Cuban Draque, or Drake (named after Sir Francis of Elizabethan fame who made his way around Caribbean) the original drink composed of aguardient (which is a form of raw, unaged rum), sugar, lime, and mint. It could claim to be, in fact, Cuba’s oldest cocktail.

In the mid 1800s the Draque turns up in "El Colera en la Habana," a story by Cuban novelist Ramón de Palma. Then, at some point after Don Facundo Bacardi set up shop in Cuba in 1862, the aguardiente became white rum. Eventually it was made over ice and topped off with carbonated water, possibly in an attempt to make it more refreshing on hot Havana nights. 

Finally, the Mojito was born, first appearing in print in 1931 in a souvenir cocktail pamphlet Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana was giving away and in those days was listed as being made with either rum or gin.

From Havana to world domination, by the turn of the 21st century the Mojito was ubiquitous across the cocktail world.

Make it at home:

Prep Time: 5 minutes   |   Serves: 1   |   Skill: Easy

Ingredients
60ml rum (light white)   |  20ml fresh lime juice   |   15ml sugar syrup   |   8 mint leaves + one sprig to garnish   |   Soda water to top   |   crushed ice to serve   |   1 lime wedge to garnish

Equipment
Collins glass   |   Muddler   |   Metal spoon

Method
1. Muddle the 8 mint leaves and sugar in the base of a julep cup
2. Add the rum and lime juice and fill the glass with crushed ice
3. Churn the ice with a bar spoon mixing the mint and liquid through
4. Top with more crushed ice
5. Lengthen with soda water
6. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge