Not only is the Mojito one of the most popular cocktails in the world, but people love to talk about it too. It’s mentioned on TV, it’s in books it’s doing the talk show rounds, it’s all over the place. So I looked it up a few recipes to see what all the fuss was about. It’s a minty drink with rum. Sounds like something I would like, so I decided it was time to try the Mojito.
Before picking a recipe to try I decided to do a little research first. Let’s see, it’s a Cuban cocktail that makes a great summer drink. Sounds good so far. It also says that it was Ernest Hemingway’s second favorite drink besides the Daiquiri. Wow, it’s got history too. And due to Barcardi’s recent advertising it’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Okay, I’m sold, now how do you make this thing.
I chose the Barcardi Mojito web site to get a recipe and was treated to short video clip of how to make one. If you get a chance be sure to check it out. I’m very impressed with these alcohol websites. They really go all out with videos, recipes and other fun things.
Hmmm, looking at the recipe it’s just rum and club soda and that’s easy enough but the complicated part is the fresh ingredients. You need to add mint leaves, lime juice and sugar to the glass or pitcher and then muddle them. Muddling is sort of like using a mortar and pestle but you do it in the drink glass itself. This mojito seems like a drink that I need to know what it tastes first before trying it at home.
I could go to bar and try it but instead I decided to go the liquor store and buy one of those Rose’s Cocktail Mixers that I’m a big fan off. All you have to do is add one part rum and three parts Rose’s Mojito Mixer and you’ve got a Mojito. I’m sure this will give me a good idea what a Mojito is supposed to taste like and then in the future I can fiddle around with the fresh ingredients and figure out the proper amounts to get the flavor I’m looking for.
So in my opinion, the Mojito is definitely a summer drink, perfect for those warm days spent around the pool. The mint is refreshing, the lime flavor quenches and the rum does the job. Now it’s time for me to find my mortar and pestle.
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