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The Mojito cocktail is a refreshing and vibrant libation with origins dating back to 16th century Cuba. Initially concocted as a medicinal remedy, the Mojito evolved into a beloved cocktail known for its combination of fresh mint, lime, sugar, rum, and soda water. Its popularity has since spread worldwide, making it a staple at bars and gatherings, especially during the warmer months.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 50 ml (2 oz) white rum

  • 30 ml (1 oz) fresh lime juice

  • 20 ml (3/4 oz) simple syrup (1:1 ratio of water to sugar)

  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves

  • Soda water

  • Ice cubes

  • Highball glass

  • Muddler

  • Bar spoon

  • Jigger

Preparation Steps:

  1. In a highball glass, muddle the fresh mint leaves with the lime juice and simple syrup to release the mint's oils and flavor.

  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

  3. Measure and pour 50 ml (2 oz) of white rum over the ice.

  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

  5. Top up the glass with soda water.

  6. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wedge.

Flavor Profile:

The Mojito cocktail offers a delightful combination of zesty lime, fragrant mint, and sweet rum, with a refreshing effervescence from the soda water. It's a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and herbaceous flavors, making it an ideal choice for warm weather sipping.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Muddling Technique: When muddling the mint leaves, be careful not to over-muddle, as this can release bitter compounds from the leaves. Aim for a gentle press to release the essential oils and flavor without breaking down the leaves.

  • Choosing Fresh Ingredients: Opt for fresh, high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the mint and lime. Fresh mint leaves and freshly squeezed lime juice elevate the Mojito's flavor and aroma.

  • Rum Selection: While traditionally made with white rum, feel free to experiment with different rum varieties to customize the Mojito to your taste preferences. Light rum offers a clean and crisp flavor, while aged rum adds depth and complexity.

  • Ice Quality: Use fresh, high-quality ice cubes to ensure they don't dilute the drink too quickly. Large, solid ice cubes are preferable as they melt more slowly, preserving the Mojito's balance of flavors.

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