Mojito

The "Go To" Choice
Benchmark Mojito

What’s the Story?

Ah yes, the humble Mojito – every punters “go to” when they can’t be bothered to read the menu. Contrary to popular belief it is actually very easy to cock-up a Mojito – I’ve had many a terrible one in my time. Not to get too preachy here but just an FYI; sticking lime, sugar, mint, rum and soda water in a glass and charging £7 for it does not an acceptable Mojito make. Also, I cannot abide it when a bar uses chopped up mint. No I don’t want scraggy bits of mint clogging up my straw and going into my mouth. Thanks.

The technique of “clapping” the mint allows you to keep the mint leaves whole, plus it releases the oils which then disperse into the drink – rather than all over the chopping board… It’s not rocket science, and in many ways it is one of the simplest cocktails to make! Listen up…

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 Lime wedges
  • 2 Barspoons Caster Sugar
  • A decent handful of mint (12-15 leaves)
  • 50ml Rum
  • Soda Water to top – as a guide I’d go with 25ml & adjust to taste
Equipment

Collins glass, 50ml Jigger, Barspoon, Muddler

Glassware

Collins

Method
  1. In the glass drop in the lime and sugar and muddle together.
  2. Holding the mint in one hand clap your hands together and then drop into the glass.
  3. Add ¼ of the glass of crushed ice and pour the Rum over this.
  4. Using the barspoon churn the mix together until combined.
  5. Fill the glass with crushed ice and top with soda water.Add 2 straws and a sprig of mint to garnish.