When I visited Cuba back in 1998, I learnt to appreciate rum and all rum based drinks.  Since then, my 2 favourite cocktails have been Cuba Libre and Mojito, which was made popular by one of its most famous admirers: Ernest Hemingway.  Whenever I drink a Mojito I get to relive the memories of one of the best summer holidays I have ever had and that is a big plus!  I also realised that I do not have many drink recipes on my blog, so I thought of publishing a couple of them to celebrate the approach of springtime that will officially start on September 1st down here.  Besides, German Mama of From Arepas to Zwetschgen came up with a wonderful idea: the Cook Around the Globe monthly event where you get to link recipes you made throughout that month from a specific country or region that she announces on her blog.  Don’t you just love the idea?  Being a nomad at heart, this is an event I had to be a part of.  And this month’s region is Bermuda and the North Caribbean, which off course includes La Isla Grande.
So, here goes my Mojito recipe…  I hope it takes you all to a Caribbean state of mind!


Recipe adapted from All Recipes

Ingredients (makes 1):
½ lime, cut in wedges
10 mint leaves (better if you find yerba buena or spearmint)
2 tbsp caster sugar
45 ml white rum
125 ml soda water
1 cup ice cubes

More mint leaves and 1 slice of lime for decoration

Put the mint leaves and the lime wedges in a Mojito glass (or if your muddler does not fit the Mojito glass like mine, do this in a separate bowl).  Crush the mint and lime together to release their juices.

Add the sugar and muddle again.  Do not strain the mix.

Fill the glass (or transfer to a Mojito glass and then fill it) with the ice cubes.

Add the rum.

And fill the glass with soda water.

Decorate with a slice of lime and more mint leaves.


Serve immediately… and enjoy!



And please, check out all the other yummy recipes linked to the Cook Around the Globe monthly event!


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  1. I love mojitos! They remind me of my time living in Miami! Love the Cook Around The Globe idea. Amazing!

  2. Liz says:

    Such beautiful photos! One sip and I’d be whisked away to a tropical paradise~~~~ahhhh.

  3. Lyn says:

    I’m so ashamed to admit that the only rum I’ve tasted all my life is the rum and raisin ice-cream! :P
    Your mojito is so refreshing and I love all the great pics you took!

  4. Elyse says:

    You are so lucky, I want to go to Cuba so bad! I am just fascinated by it! And I absolutely love mojitos! :)

  5. Sarah says:

    This looks so refreshing and I love the way you styled the picture. We’re getting ready for fall in my part of the world, but this is perfect for the few remaining days of summer :)

  6. Mojitos are so refreshing and tasty! Lovely picture too!

  7. Parsley Sage says:

    A Caribbean favorite! Well done, darling! The photos are FANTASTIC :)


  8. Great post for friday-I am ready for the weekend! Awesome mojitos-cheers.

  9. Gopika says:

    I love mojitos :D Wow.. home made Mojitos. What else do you need?

  10. Kelly says:

    Mmm there is nothing better than a mojito and yours looks absolutely gorgeous!! I’d love one now please!! :)

  11. visda says:

    Love your cook around the world concept Manu. Mojito is also one of my favorite drinks although I have unfortunately never been to Cuba. Your pictures are great too. Thanks for sharing and keep on posting drinks, I love to learn more.:-)

  12. Eva says:

    My late Mom introduced us to Mojitos quite a while ago, but it didn’t take until about 2 years ago. Now we love them. A true sign of ‘patio Friday’ – I’m hoping to end up there a little later! Such a refreshing beverage. We grow mint on our back deck specifically for the Mojito! Cheers!

  13. Beautiful post Manuela! I love your presentation, and drink look very appealing! I am loving your photos!

  14. Great styling, Manu, and great mojito! Cheers!

  15. Love the Cook Around The Globe idea! Fantastic!! Manu, your Mojito looks amazing, your pics are stunning!!!

    Cheers :)

  16. Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    Mojito is one of my favorite cocktails too…and what could be better than homemade?!

  17. I love drinking mojitos in the summertime! Yours looks lovely and refreshing!

  18. What a beautiful shot of Mojito!!!! I’m so envious you have been to Cuba! I really enjoyed seeing your photos and I bet this delicious drink bring you back to your lovely memories there… Taking photos of drinks seems hard, but you totally nailed it!

  19. This has been my drink of the summer! I love it. We had the best mojitos on our honeymoon and I’ve been drinking them all summer. Your photos are beautiful!

  20. Kay Ecker says:

    What a beautiful post! I think everybody loves mojitos :o) Love your vacation pics too!

  21. Great vacations and great cocktail! Mojitooooooo!

  22. Joan Nova says:

    Such a beautiful mojito post!

  23. I absolutely love your lead photo and seeing all the snaps from your trip. Cuba is a place I’d love to visit though from the U.S. it’s a bit circuitous unless going there for business. Love the recipes around the world idea too. A bit of ‘arm chair travel’!

  24. Tiffany says:

    MANU! Congrats on making Top 9 today! The mojito looks amazing! I don’t have any mint in the house, but I have LOTS of basil…. hmmmmmmm ;)

  25. Tiffany says:

    P.S…. And I am REALLY jealous that you’ve gotten to go to Cuba! (Americans can’t go… :() Fidel and I share a birthday!

  26. Sandi says:

    Congrats on Top 9!

  27. Sandra says:

    Love your presentation.

  28. What a nice flavor for a cool and refreshing summer treat.

  29. Manu your pictures are stunning!
    I’m a nomad at heart too and l love traveling and exploring recipes from around the worlds :)

  30. daksha says:

    Mojitos are so refreshing and looks tasty! nice click too!

  31. ray says:

    Love the look of tall and slim glass of mojito and all the goodies that’s in the glass. Congratulations for this beautiful drink making to the top 9 at Foodbuzz — It’s beautiful.

  32. mjskit says:

    :) I totally missed this! Two great minds thinking alike? The Caribbean – great vacation spots, fun in the sun, the beach and a refreshing cocktail. Love, love, love your mojito! And the pictures are gorgeous! Sounds like we all need to get together and have a Caribbean cocktail party or, better yet – a cocktail party in the Caribbean! :)

  33. Yum! Mojitos are my fave cocktails. I’m also a huge Caipirinha fan. Those photos are gorgeous!

  34. Nat says:

    I´m having friends over next weekend so I think I´m making this… or the margaritas… or both? :D

  35. German Mama says:

    Oooh, I wish I had one of those right now. Thanks for participating!

  36. Lisa~~ says:

    Your mojito looks wonderful as do your pictures. Wish I was sipping one of your drinks right now.

    Cook Lisa Cook

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