What makes a good mojito? Good quality rum, fresh limes and mint leaves, and proper muddling.
That’s how we do it at home. Unfortunately, in some establishments, bartenders shortcut the process of making mojito. Instead of muddling the ingredients for each drink separately, everything is thrown into the blender, pureeing the mint leaves that results in a mojito that tastes more like toothpaste than a cocktail drink. Disappointing, really. And infuriating considering how expensive cocktail drinks are in bars.
If you want properly muddled mojitos, or any cocktail drink that calls for muddling, it is always better to prepare the drinks yourself. There is no mystery about muddling — you just need a muddler, the ingredients to be muddled and a glass or a shaker.
That’s a muddler at the foreground in the photo above. There’s a flat end and a rounded end. Use the flat end if the bottom of your glass or shaker is flat. Use the rounded end of the bottom of the glass or shaker is tapered.
Put the diced fruit and sugar (or sugar syrup) in a glass.
Put the muddler in the glass and press lightly and repeatedly to squeeze out the juice from the fruits without turning the fruits into a mush. Add ice and whatever other ingredients you want to use, stir and enjoy.
What cocktail drink was Speedy making in the photos? It’s a drink made with lemons, mint and limoncello. I call it minty double lemon euphoria.