With warmer days around every corner, many people will look to stay refreshed during the sunny afternoons and weekends. And what better way to do so than to enjoy a refreshing tropical cocktail or two? One of the most well-known and versatile cocktails to choose is the Mojito.
Being one of the most-ordered cocktails in the world due to its simplicity and appearance, Mojitos have the ability to transport you somewhere tropical no matter where you choose to enjoy them. To celebrate this and the ever-present summer days here in Asia, we have broken down the ingredients and method into seven steps for all of the home cocktail-makers out there.
The Classic Mojito
Although the Mojito is only really made up of five ingredients, including ice, it is this simplicity that makes the classic drink so popular. The main task when making the cocktail at home is making sure that you can reach a clear balance between the ingredients and you are able to taste each element of the drink.
The classic Mojito uses light or white rum as its core ingredient. However if you like your drinks with a bit more flavour, don’t shy away from using a slightly golden rum. Havana Club offers both options and will mix perfectly well in any mojito you choose to make.
Depending on which rum you use the sugar is a very important part of the drink. Try to match the sugar with the colour of the rum if you are struggling to choose. Also, to prevent any mixing problems or inconsistencies in the drink, try using a basic sugar syrup, which you can either buy or make very easily.
Using freshly pressed lime juice can save time and allow you to avoid any bitterness that may come from the lime’s skin. However, if you do choose to use lime wedges when making the drink, remember not to muddle or press to hard as it will release the bitter notes and spoil your drink. You can always add a few small lime wedges after the drink is complete for aesthetic purposes.
As long as you have fresh mint, all you need to remember is not to crush it. Most of the flavour in mint is in the smell rather than the taste. So when you are using it you are aiming to get the oils out of the leaves not the actual leave themselves. Overall, less is more as you don’t want bits of green in your teeth or a bitter after taste in your drink. If you use fresh limes pace them over the top of the mint when you press down to form a cushion or before putting it into the glass give a slap between the palm of your hands to wake up the flavours.
The Ice and Soda
First, remember that you’ll be using crushed ice for your Mojito. This is not only for looks—it helps with mixing and diluting the drink. Crushing ice is easy at home or you can buy it ready-made, but remember to not leave it in your freezer as it might become contaminated with the flavours of other things it is close to. Secondly, when it comes to soda, all you have to remember is that it only takes a splash. Just remember not to use a soda with added sweetener or flavourings.
Take around six or seven mint leaves and place them in your glass after giving them a slap. Then either squeeze two lime wedges into the glass or add 25ml of fresh lime juice. After both options add the lime wedges to the glass and then add 25ml of sugar syrup along with 50ml of your chosen rum.
If you want a bit more flavour, gently press the ingredients into the bottom of the glass: this is the muddling. If you want to speed things up, add your crushed ice using a spoon between your fingers while you hold your hand over the glass and mix the contents. Add the soda if there is some room.
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