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Mojito is a fragrant Cuban cocktail that combines fresh mint, lime, rum and sugar for a sweet, crisp summer drink.

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Cuba is said to be the birthplace of the Mojito where, in the late 1500s, a small boarding party went ashore in search of medicinal ingredients knowing the the local South America Indians had various remedies to treat various tropical illnesses. They came back with the original ingredients that make up the Mojito, namely aguardiente de caña (a crude form of rum made from sugar cane) mixed with lime, sugarcane juice and mint.

Part of the classic cocktails family, the Mojito is easy to prepare and combines sweet with citrus flavours that make a great after hours pick me up.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing Mojito Cocktail after work with this easy recipe:

PREP TIME: ± 5min


YIELDS: 1 serving

EQUIPMENT

  • Muddler (or wooden spoon)
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

INGREDIENTS

  • fresh mint leaves
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar, or to taste
  • 2 tots (50ml) white rum
  • ½ cup soda water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Garnish: lime slices and mint leaves

DIRECTIONS

In a cocktail shaker, add the mint leaves, lime juice, rum and sugar. Muddle (gently bruise) the mint to release its fragrant oils.

Add ice to the cocktail shaker, and shake for 15 seconds until chilled.

Strain the mixture over a Collins glass filled with ice. Top the glass with a dash of soda water.

GARNISH SUGGESTIONS

Garnish with lime slices and fresh mint sprigs

TIP!

While the standard recipe for a Mojito calls for light rum, you can substitute it with 1st Principles Organic Vodka  for a cocktail that is slightly less sweet.

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