Cuban Mojito
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Cuban Mojito
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The Cuban Mojito is a classic cocktail hailing from Havana, Cuba, revered for its refreshing qualities and mint-laced zest. Traditionally served in a highball glass, this drink combines the aromatic ... more The Cuban Mojito is a classic cocktail hailing from Havana, Cuba, revered for its refreshing qualities and mint-laced zest. Traditionally served in a highball glass, this drink combines the aromatic freshness of muddled mint leaves with the tangy zest of lime, creating a harmonious blend that invigorates the senses. The addition of white rum introduces a smooth and slightly sweet undercurrent, which is balanced by the crispness of soda water. The subtle sweetness is further enhanced by sugar, making the Cuban Mojito a delightful concoction that's both cooling and vibrant, ideal for sipping on a hot summer day or as a lively accompaniment to a social gathering.
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White rum
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Lime
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5.52% | 1.8 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Cuban Mojito

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Cut lime into wedges
Place mint leaves and one lime wedge into a sturdy highball glass
Use a muddler to release the mint oils and lime juice
Add two more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice
Do not strain the mixture
Fill the glass almost to the top with ice
Pour the rum over the ice, and top up the glass with club soda
Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired
Garnish with the remaining lime wedge and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Highball  ·  Muddle  ·  Strain  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Cuban Mojito?

The Cuban Mojito has a rich history dating back to the 16th century in Cuba. Originally, it was a local indigenous drink made from aguardiente (a precursor to rum), sugar, lime, and mint. Its modern form, which includes white rum, was popularized in Havana in the 19th and 20th centuries. The mojito gained international fame as celebrities and writers frequented Cuban bars and relished this refreshing cocktail.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What's the proper way to muddle the mint for a Cuban Mojito?

For a Cuban Mojito, muddling the mint is crucial to release its essential oils without turning bitter. Start by adding mint leaves and sugar to the glass. Use a muddler to gently press down and slightly twist the leaves a few times. Be careful not to shred the mint, as this can release chlorophyll, making the drink bitter. Proper muddling ensures the drink stays flavorful and refreshing.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should I garnish a Cuban Mojito for the best presentation?

A classic Cuban Mojito garnish includes a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wedge. Place the mint sprig between your palms and clap once to release its aroma, then insert it into the glass. Add the lime wedge on the rim or inside the glass. For a more decorative touch, you can add a sugar cane stick or a lime wheel. The garnish not only adds to the drink's aesthetics but also enhances its aroma and flavor profile.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Cuban Mojito, and how is it made?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Cuban Mojito, often called a 'Virgin Mojito' or 'Nojito,' is a popular choice. To make one, simply skip the white rum and follow the rest of the recipe. Use additional soda water or a combination of lemonade and soda water to replace the alcoholic content. The result is a refreshing, minty drink that everyone can enjoy.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Cuban Mojito?

A Cuban Mojito is best served in a highball glass filled with ice to keep it chilled. Serving it with a straw is traditional, allowing guests to stir the drink as they consume it, keeping the flavors well mixed. Ensure that the drink is well-stirred before serving to blend the sugar properly. A Cuban Mojito is perfect for warm weather and pairs excellently with outdoor and summer events.

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