Mojitos need no introduction – the minty, refreshing cocktails that go hand in hand with lazy summer days – equal parts refreshing and tantalizingly boozy.
I’ve always been a big fan of a mojito – never more so than on my trip to Cuba when I drank a near endless stream of them, trying to quench my raging thirst as I sweated on the beach, or helping me to work up the courage to jump on the dancefloor and salsa with the locals on humid nights in Havana.
It feels like a million years ago now.
Locked up in our flat, only leaving for my daily exercise or harried trips to the supermarket, the idea that I used to be able to hop on a plane and smash mojitos whilst dancing close to absolute strangers seems completely alien, a throwback of another life.
What I took away from that trip (aside from the several bottles of rum I stashed in my suitcase to bring home) was just how easy it is to make a mojito at home. All you need are a few simple ingredients and you can concoct your own little taste of Cuba in your kitchen.
The ingredients for a mojito are incredibly simple.
- White rum
- Caster sugar
- Soda water
How to Make a Mojito: Practical Tips
Muddle the limes and sugar in a glass until the sugar dissolves. This is easiest with a muddler, but you can use the end of a rolling pin if you don’t have one.
Preparing the Mint
The flavours of mojito are simple, so it’s important that you make each one shine.
Smack the mint between the palms of your hands to release the aromas before you add it to the glass and muddle.
Fill the glass to ⅔ full with ice and pour in the rum.
Top with soda water (not too much or it will overwhelm the other flavours), stir, garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of lime and serve.
It really is that easy.
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