Cuban Mojito recipe
the original authentic recipe from Havana Cuba
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
4 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint
Havana Club white Rum (2 ounces)
2 ounces club soda
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There are countless recipes for the Mojito
(pronounced moh-HEE-toh), but this version is for the one Hemingway
himself enjoyed at the Mojito's place of birth: La Bodeguita del
Medio in Havana, Cuba. If you are throwing a Cuban theme party
(Havana night themed party), definitely plan on serving mojitos.
Place the mint leaves into a long mojito glass (often called a "collins"
glass) and squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. You'll want
about two ounces of lime juice, so it may not require all of the
juice from a single lime.
Add the powdered sugar, then gently smash the
mint into the lime juice and sugar with a muddler (a long wooden
device pictured below, though you can also use the back of a fork or
spoon if one isn't available). Add ice (preferably crushed) then add
the rum and stir, and top off with the club soda (you can also stir
the club soda in as per your taste). Garnish with a mint sprig.
** Optional ** While the following isn't the authentic original
Bodeguita del Medio Cuban recipe for a mojito, some people will take
half of the juiced lime and cut into into four wedges to add to the
glass. Another variation is to add Angostura bitters to cut the
mojito's sweetness, which is a popular version in Havana hotels
although not the true Bodeguita recipe. Some Cubans also use "guarapo"
in place of the powdered sugar, which is a sugar cane syrup
available in the Latin food section of some supermarkets and
definitely in online Latin grocery stores (typically sold in 12
ounce cans just like soft drinks).
Where to Find Muddlers & Glasses
You're going to have trouble finding mojito glasses and muddlers in
stores outside of Florida. I always purchase gift sets for relatives
from one site:
The Cuban Store.
Once a year we throw a "Havana" party and give away a glasses set or
a gift basket to each family as a take-home present. What are you
waiting for, go put on some Perez Prado mambo music and start making
Main Cuban recipe pages:
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