The cocktail drink called mojito, favored by Ernest Hemingway, comes from Cuba but the exact origins both of the mix and the name are subjects of debates. The mojito has five basic ingredients: rum, mint leaves, sugar, lime (and its juice), and soda water. And ice, of course, so you can enjoy it really, really cold. Mojito, after all, is meant to be a summer drink — something to counter the blistering tropical heat.Unlike most cocktail drinks that merely require mixing, stirring or shaking, the secret to a good mojito is in the muddling which means slowly bruising (not mashing to a pulp) the lime, mint leaves and sugar at the bottom of a glass so that essential oils are released.
- ¼ large lime or half of a medium-sized one
- 2 to 3 sprigs fresh mint leaves
- rum about a tablespoon more than the amount of the juice from the lime
- 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
- soda water
- ice cubes
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- Place the lime, mint leaves and sugar in a glass. Muddle them together in a slow but firm circular motion.
- Muddle them together in a slow but firm circular motion.
- Add some ice then pour in enough soda water to fill the glass.
- And that’s it! Enjoy your cold, cold mojito.
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