The Mojito cocktail !!

There are countless recipes for the mojito, but this is the version for the one Hemingway himself enjoyed at the mojito’s place of birth – La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba.

Here is how to make a mojito with readily obtained ingredients:

1 teaspoon – powdered sugar
2 ounces – lime juice or juice from one lime
4 or 5 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint
2 ounces – white rum
2 ounces – club soda

First, place the mint leaves at the bottom of a long mojito glass or collins glass and pour or squeeze the lime juice over it.  Add the powdered sugar and gently smash the mint into the lime juice and sugar with a wooden muddler.  Add crushed ice, rum, club soda in that order and stir.  Garnish with the mint sprig.

The above isn’t the original mojito recipe born out of Bodeguita del Medio, Cuba, but is close using ingredients you can get at the local supermarket and liquor store. For a more authentic mojito, some people will take half of the juiced lime and cut into wedges to garnish the glass.  Another variation is to add Angostura bitters to dilute the mojito’s sweetness, which is a popular version in Havana hotels although not the true Bodeguita recipe.  Some Cubans also use guarapo, which is sugar cane syrup, instead of the powdered sugar.

bodeguita del medio mojito recipe

MOJITO

12 Mint leaves with stems tsp Sugar 2 oz Citrus rum 2 oz Fresh citrus juice (lemon/lime) 2 oz Soda water   In a collins glass, place mint and a teaspoon of sugar. Crush the mint using a muddler. Add rum and citrus. Mix again with muddler.  Finish with soda water followed by crushed ice!

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