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!