By Mixology Events
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.
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.
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.
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Ingredients & Equipment
- 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!
LEARN TO MAKE
Fancy learning some of the core techniques that go into making the perfect Mojito? Join us on one of our range of cocktail making masterclasses.
We’re strong advocates of experience and it’s crucial role to picking up and applying knowledge. That’s why we deliver each of our range of cocktail making classes in as interactive a fashion as possible – providing a fully-equipped bar station for each of our guests, in turn giving them a great opportunity to really get to grips with the professional-standard equipment and ingredients at hand. On top of this, the fact that there will never be more than 5 guests to any one bar limits the time spent standing around as much as possible, meaning nobody’s experience is compromised.
The open-to-the-public variety of our cocktail making classes run every Friday and Saturday at our sister company and permanent home on Shoreditch’s Kingsland Road, TT Liquor, which houses a range of fully-equipped cocktail making studios. Please click the link below to be directed to their website where you will be able to browse a full calendar of dates and purchase redeemable vouchers.
We also offer the option of taking things private if you’re part of a group of 6 or more aspiring mixologists. Our mobile cocktail class service allows us to take our portable bars on the road with us to any location across London, the UK and beyond. We have over a decade of experience and in that time we’ve held classes half way up the Shard, in a client’s back garden, and even as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.
If any of this sounds right up your street, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8003 7982 and one of our dedicated events organisers will happily talk you through some your options, as well as answer any queries you may have about our services.