The classic rum smash and everyone’s favourite minty cocktail, the Mojito is made from fresh mint, muddled limes, sugar syrup and white rum, which is combined and mixed using crushed ice to form a long, refreshing, summery cocktail.
White Rum, Mint, Lime Juice, Sugar – High Ball*
*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.
The Mojito is a cocktail-menu staple and a firm favourite with all sorts of drinkers. This simple, refreshing classic is a great drink for the warm summer months.
Rum is a popular and versatile spirit and within this category are a huge range of products and recipes. The Mojito is one of the most well-known and beloved of the rum cocktails and a popular choice at plenty of mobile bar hires.
If you’re planning on serving the Mojito and want some other rum drinks to go alongside it, you could consider the Mojito’s celebrated forefather: the Daiquiri.
Like the Mojito, the Daiquiri also combines rum, lime and sugar, but leaves out the mint and is shaken rather than built. This classic is usually served straight-up in a Martini glass making it a good short, strong alternative to the long Mojito.
If you’re planning a summertime bar hire and want some other long, refreshing cocktails there are loads of options to choose from, some popular choices include the Tom Collins; a simple mixture of gin, lemon juice, sugar and soda water, or, for the more seasoned drinker, you could try the Eclipse Cooler; a delicious combination of warm maple-y bourbon, dry cranberry juice, zesty lime, fresh raspberries and sweet black raspberry liqueur.
If you’re interested in featuring the Mojito as part of your menu and want to know more about what drinks might go well alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other rum-based, summery or smash-style cocktails from our list.
The Mojito is rooted in Cuba when rum was a rough, often barely drinkable spirit.
All the ingredients that appear in the Mojito are readily available in Cuba, so it’s not hard to see how these would have been mixed to make the rum more palatable.
Another story goes that some of Francis Drake’s sailors were unwell with dysentery and scurvy.
A group was sent ashore to seek a cure from local natives. They bought back a mixture of rum, mint, sugarcane juice and lime juice. It was the lime juice that cured the illness but no doubt the mix made everything more enjoyable.
Myths & Legends
The Mojito can most likely be traced back to Francis Drake.
During his time in Cuba a drink was created called the Draque. A mix of Aguardiente, a rudimentary spirit very similar to rum, sugar, lime and mint, it was widely drunk in the 1500s for its medicinal value.
Lime juice was used to fight scurvy, whilst the healing properties of rum are still up for debate.
Eventually the aguardiente was replaced by rum and ice was added as it became more available with technological advances.
These days the Mojito is no longer reserved for vitamin C deficient pirates, but next time you find yourself sipping on one, give a nod to the men who sailed the seven seas to discover such a gem.
We found this hot take from tastecocktails.com;
“From the 1500s, to a 2002 James Bond movie, the Mojito has had an interesting journey from invention to one of the most popular drinks of the new millennium. As with all cocktail histories, the Mojito’s origin story is often disputed, particularly by “La Bodeguita del medio” in Havana, Cuba. This restaurant-bar claims to be the cocktail’s birthplace, and enjoys the fame associated with Ernest Hemmingway’s praise of their particular version of the drink.It has been claimed that African slaves working in the Cuban sugar cane fields created the drink from “Aguardiente de cana” (literally “firewater of the sugar cane”) – a simple sugar cane alcohol. Certainly the name “Mojito” fits this story, stemming from the word “Mojo”, meaning “to place a little spell”.”
Ingredients & Equipment
The base of this drink is important and a good light or golden rum essential, try Cabby’s or Havana 3 year old.
- 50ml White Rum
- 25ml Lime Juice/1 Lime Cut into Wedges
- 12.5ml Sugar Syrup
- 8-10 Mint Leaves
- Mint Sprig and Lime Wedge to Garnish
- Crushed Ice
- Mexican Elbow
- Bar Spoon
- High-Ball Glass
- Take your high-ball glass
- If using lime wedges: add the wedges to the glass and muddle using your muddler
- If using lime juice: using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lime juice and add it to the glass
- Strip 8-10 mint leaves from their stems and give them a clap between the palms of your hands before adding them to the glass
- Using your jigger to measure add the rum and sugar syrup to the glass
- Fill your glass with crushed ice
- Using your bar spoon, gently churn the cocktail, making sure to scoop all the ingredients from the bottom of the glass, until they are combined and the ice is incorporated
- Top the drink with a pile of crushed ice and use your hand to form it into a dome
- Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge
- Serve and enjoy!
For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.
Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.