Mojito is obviously a traditional Cuban drink made with rum, sparkling water, lemon and mint leaves. From the 16th century, Francis Drake, an English explorer loved to travel to Havana to claim his drink made from mint leaves and tafia. Later in the 20th century, rum replaced tafia and lemon was incorporated into the recipe. From 1920, the mojito was the cocktail in vogue in Cuba to such an extent that it was renamed "cocktail of Cuba". It then imported to the United States, in particular by Cubans fleeing the Castro regime before arriving in Europe and democratizing in all bars in the world.
For a drink:
- 3 teaspoons of sugar cane syrup
- 1 lime
- 5 mint leaves
- 25 cl of sparkling water
- 6 cl of 45° rum or 5 cl of 55° rum
- Ice cubes
- Take a normal size glass (33-40 cl) and squeeze half of the lemon cut into small pieces.
- Take the mint leaves and add them to the glass.
- Using a cocktail masher, crush the pieces of lemons and take care to spare the mint leaves.
- Pour the rum (6 cl maxi).
- Crush the ice cubes before adding them.
- Add the sugar cane syrup.
- Cut the other half of lemon into thin slices and place these slices in the glass (optional).
- Complete the glass by adding sparkling water.
- It's ready ! You can enjoy your homemade mojito using two straws of course!