sprig of mint (
Yerba buena in the original recipe), lemon slice
IBA SPECIFIED INGREDIENTS*
* 4 cl white rum
* 3 cl fresh lime juice
* 6 sprigs of mint
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* soda water
Muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice. Add a splash of soda
water and fill the glass with cracked ice. Pour the rum and top with
soda water. Garnish and serve with straw.
Mojito recipe at
International Bartenders Association
MOJITO (/moʊˈhiːtoʊ/ ; Spanish: ) is a traditional Cuban
Traditionally, a MOJITO is a cocktail that consists of five
ingredients: white rum , sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime
juice , soda water , and mint . The original Cuban recipe uses
spearmint or yerba buena , a mint variety very popular on the island.
Its combination of sweetness, citrus , and mint flavors is intended to
complement the rum, and has made the mojito a popular summer drink.
The cocktail has a relatively low alcohol content (about 10% alcohol
by volume ).
When preparing a mojito, lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and
mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler . The
mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and
should not be shredded. Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly
stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the
bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with
crushed ice and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are
used to garnish the glass.
The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based highballs. There are
several versions of the mojito.
* 1 History
* 2 Variations
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Havana , Cuba, is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact
origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. One story
Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as "El
Sir Francis Drake . In 1586, after his successful raid
at Cartagena de Indias Drake's ships sailed towards
Havana but there
was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that
the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical
illnesses, so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back
with ingredients for an effective medicine. The ingredients were
aguardiente de caña (translated as burning water, a crude form of rum
made from sugar cane) mixed with local tropical ingredients: lime,
sugarcane juice, and mint.
Lime juice on its own would have
significantly prevented scurvy and dysentery, and tafia /rum was
soon added as it became widely available to the British (ca. 1650).
Mint, lime and sugar were also helpful in hiding the harsh taste of
this spirit. While this drink was not called a
Mojito at this time, it
was the original combination of these ingredients.
Some historians contend that African slaves who worked in the Cuban
sugar cane fields during the 19th century were instrumental in the
cocktail's origin. Guarapo , the sugar cane juice often used in
Mojitos, was a popular drink among the slaves who named it. It never
originally contained lime juice.
There are several theories behind the origin of the name Mojito: one
such theory holds that name relates to mojo , a Cuban seasoning made
from lime and used to flavour dishes. Another theory is that the
Mojito is simply a derivative of mojadito (Spanish for "a little
wet"), the diminutive of mojado ("wet"). Due to the vast influence of
immigration from the Canary Islands, the term probably came from the
mojo creole marinades adapted in Cuba using citrus (as opposed to
traditional Isleno types).
Mojito has routinely been presented as a favorite drink of author
Ernest Hemingway . It has also often been said that Ernest Hemingway
made the bar called La
Bodeguita del Medio famous when he became one
of its regulars and wrote "My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in
El Floridita " on a wall of the bar. This epigraph, handwritten and
signed in his name, persists despite doubts expressed by Hemingway
biographers about such patronage and the author's taste for mojitos.
Bodeguita del Medio is better known for its food than its drink.
A survey by an international market research company found that in
Mojito was the most popular cocktail in Britain and France.
Many hotels in
Havana also add
Angostura bitters to cut the sweetness
of the Mojito; while icing sugar is often muddled with the mint leaves
rather than cane sugar, and many establishments simply use sugar syrup
to control sweetness. Many bars today in
Havana use lemon juice
rather than fresh lime. The "Rose Mojito," which is a
containing the rose-flavored spirit, Lanique, was first created at the
Albert's Schloss bar in Manchester, England. A
Mojito without alcohol
is called a "Virgin Mojito" or "Nojito". The South Side Fizz is made
with Gin in place of Rum.
List of cocktails
Grog is a mix of water, rum and lime, give as rations to British
sailors in the 18th Century.
* Liquor portal
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Mojito recipe from Cuba". Tasteofcuba.com.
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Mojito is derived from the Spanish mojo sauce, which often
contains lime juice (see "mojito" at Dictionary.com, citing the
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition,
2006, Houghton Mifflin), while mojo is derived from the Spanish verb
mojar, meaning "to make wet" (see definition 3 of "mojo" at
Dictionary.com, citing Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English,
Preview Edition (v 0.9.7), 2003–2007, Lexico Publishing Group, LLC)
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Bevvy.co. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
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Cocktail Companion. Perigee Trade. p. 168. ISBN 978-0399537646 .
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