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A mojito is a refreshing cocktail based on light Cuban rum.
If you're looking for a new favorite drink for long summer garden parties, the mojito is the perfect choice. With this drink, you'll be sipping pure Caribbean. Join us on a trip to Cuba, following in the footsteps of legendary writer and cocktail lover Ernest Hemingway.
Original Mojito recipe
Looking for similar recipes? Here are a few suitable alternatives to the mojito:
Although the American writer Ernest Hemingway is often associated with the cocktail, he did not invent it. The origins of the Caribbean cocktail go back much further.
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Most sources name Sir Francis Drake as the inventor of the mojito, a 16th century privateer who was only called 'El Draque', the dragon, by his trembling opponents. Quite an age for a cocktail! It is said that 'El Draque' also sipped his original mojito for medicinal reasons. The rum killed the bacteria in the then questionable water. The mint helped the pirate against stomach ailments. The lime against the vitamin deficiency disease scurvy. Let someone tell me again that drinking is unhealthy!
Until the 20th century, the pirate drink was only drunk in Cuba - until Ernest Hemingway paid a visit to the bars on the Caribbean island. In one bar, the Bodeguita del Medio, he even scribbled on the wall: "My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita." The sentence is still there today, carefully preserved. The writer thus gave the mojito a worldwide legendary status that continues to this day.
For the real mojito feeling, you need white rum, more precisely white Cuban rum. According to Alexander Kreft, Vice President of the German Bartenders' Union, a strong, medium-aged variety works best. In other words, you can't go wrong with a good three-year-old Cuban.
Mojito is made with white rum - from sugar cane, of course!
The good news: fresh mint (spearmint, not peppermint!) is now available here all year round. The bad news is that you won't find original Cuban Hierba Buena mint (also known as Hemingway mint) in the supermarket. Moroccan mint is said to be the closest to it.
Ideally, you should use Cuban mint or a similarly delicate variety
As already described in the recipe, you should handle the mint with care. The leaves are full of essential oils. If you crush or bend them, they will release too much. Your mojito will then taste too minty, almost bitter. If you think the 'slapping' described in the recipe is unhygienic, put the mint leaves straight into the glass and stir them carefully. It also helps to press them lightly against the edge of the glass with a spoon.
Many people immediately think of brown cane sugar when they think of mojito. However, the original contains white cane sugar. It is finer and therefore dissolves much better.
Light cane sugar, not dark cane sugar, is used in the mojito
In short: No. You do need lime for the 'Caipi' too. But that's where the similarities end. A real caipirinha doesn't contain rum, it contains cachaça.
Caiphirina is not a variation, but a completely different cocktail
This spirit is also made from sugar cane - but unlike rum, it is not made from sugar cane molasses, but from fresh sugar cane juice. Cachaça also comes from Brazil. This is why caipirinha is a Brazilian national drink. Just like James Bond, the caipi is shaken, not stirred like the mojito. There is no soda in Caipi. So: never confuse the two cocktails. Especially not in Cuba or Brazil.
Mojito is an essential summer drink for any terrace or beach bar. Enjoy it classic or in variations: With ginger syrup, with curacao, with the juice of two blood oranges, with pomegranate juice or infused with champagne. And of course always with the best rum and ice cubes.
It doesn't always have to be classic with mint and lime
Recipes with gin:
Recipes with Vodka:
Non-alcoholic cocktail recipes:
Recipes with rum:
Recipes with whisky:
Recipes with grain:
Strong cocktails with multiple spirits:
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