Mojito, one of the oldest cocktails known, is believed to have been invented as a form of medicine in Cuba in the 16th century by using the ingredients that we use to make mojito today. The origin of the name, however, is largely debated; in Africa, for instance, “mojo” means “to cast a spell.” Another possible origin of the word is ‘Cuban seasoning made from lime’.
The mojito cocktail recipe includes:
- McDowell’s No. 1 Caribbean White Rum - about 60 ml (For an English Mojito, you may use 30 ml of Gin)
- 1 teaspoon icing sugar
- Mint leaves
- Lime juice
- Soda water (Use Sprite instead for an English Mojito, also acts as a sweetner)
- Ice cubes
- Mint sprigs
Making a mojito cocktail drink requires less time than you think it would. All you need do is add some lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves in a jar and crush the mint leaves using a rolling pin or any object that would serve the purpose. This would give the lime juice a more minty flavour. Pour the contents of the jar into a glass and add some ice cubes into the glass. Add 60 ml McDowell’s No. 1 Caribbean White Rum to the glass while stirring it with a long-handled spoon. Pour some soda water to the mix along with some mint sprigs to garnish your mojito. Serve chilled.
For an English Mojito (popular variant) replace the White Rum with Gin and add Sprite instead of Soda. If you're using Sprite, you might want to cut down on the icing sugar as Sprite is quite sweet by itself.
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