In celebration of the birthday (name day to you, Game of Thrones fans) of my brother-in-law, Buddy, I am reposting this mojito recipe. May you have a great one, Bud, and may we all find a common time to actually down more than a few glasses of mojito soon.
The cocktail drink called mojito comes from Cuba but the exact origins both of the mix and the name are still subjects of numerous debates. There is no debate, however, about the mojito being favored by author Ernest Hemingway.
The mojito has five basic ingredients: rum, mint leaves, sugar, lime (and its juice), and soda water. And ice, of course, so you can enjoy it really, really cold. Mojito, after all, is meant to be a summer drink — something to counter the blistering tropical heat.
Unlike most cocktail drinks that merely require mixing, stirring or shaking, the secret to a good mojito is in the muddling which means slowly bruising (not mashing to a pulp) the lime, mint leaves and sugar at the bottom of a glass so that essential oils are released. There is a tool called “muddler” for this job but any elongated object made from a non-reactive material is just as good. Speedy used the end of the handle of our wood meat mallet and did a pretty good job.
- about a quarter of large lime (or half of a medium-sized one)
- a small bunch of fresh mint leaves
- 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
- soda water
- ice cubes
Place the lime, mint leaves and sugar in a glass. Muddle them together in a slow but firm circular motion.
Speedy says that the proportion is three parts lime juice to four parts rum. If you don’t get enough juice from your fresh lime, pour in some bottled lime juice (available as a cocktail mixer), then add the necessary amount of rum. Add some ice then pour in enough soda water to fill the glass. And that’s it! Enjoy your cold, cold mojito.