We will need:
- One lime (the juice and a slice)
- Sugar (White or Demarrera)
- Rum (not spiced)
- Club soda
Typically for Mojito it is custom to use a nice thick brown sugar. But not all brown sugar is suitable. The right one is the raw sugar or even better the Demarrera sugar. The pure sugar cane that it is the first eatable sugar. Since Rum is made of the leftover molasses it is almost like rejoining two separated parts the sugar cane. I, however, prefer the regular white sugar, since the flavor is more clean and marries amazing with the crispness of Rum. It is however a matter of taste; I do ocasionally enjoy a Demarrera sugar Mojito with a spike of dark Rum.
You probably noticed the Boston shaker and the muddler. I use a plastic cheap muddler in contrast with the popular wooden. The wooden muddler can become a microbial nest.
Start by adding a tablespoon of sugar in the bottom part of the Boston shaker.
Take 6-7 leaves of mint, preferably very fresh, bright green leaves.
And add them on top of the sugar.
Follow that with one more tbsp of sugar. The sugar at the bottom and top acts as an abrasive and mash the leaves. A small note here. As you see I wrongfully use white sugar. Demerara sugar is much better tasting. I learned that much later than this post.
Mash as much as you wish with your muddler. At the end you will be left with a green color sugar and a very refreshing aroma of mint.
Delicious! I also get better with the camera too…
Take a lime and slice it in half.
Cut a slice of the lime from the one half and…
Squeeze the remaining half to the concoction.
Add a little of the club soda just to loosen up the sugar.
Add ice. For my glasses, the standard collins glass I add 1 an 1/2 cup of ice.
Follow it with the rum.
Cover up the shaker with the top part of the Boston shaker and ske vigorously to blend.
If all worked well, then you will have a great greenish drink.
Pour it in your glass.
Now go back to the slice we had and cut it, but do not cut all the way to the middle. Leave the little membrane surrounding the segment, in tact to have something to hold on.
Hang the slice from the rim and
Garnish with one or two mint leaves. And there the Mint julep and Daquiri child. A refreshing original drink that is Cuba in a glass. What if you have never been there? Have a sip, close your eyes and have a trip of a life time.
Although I do not like the slushy sloppy overly fruity things the Mojito can be great with strawberries. Just add them in the mix after mushing the mint and puree them. Three strawberries cut in pieces will be enough. And here is the strawberry Mojito!
MoStrawberry mojito… Mmm…
Mojito Family… Yeah the straw is not needed, but helps with the garnish.