The Mojito is the number one cocktail in the UK. Depending on who you believe, the Mojito either came from the Spanish word ‘mojar’, which means to wet, or the African word ‘mojo’, which means to cast a spell.
Anybody who’s ever tasted one will agree that its thirst quenching and spellbinding in equal measures.
This summer, BACARDÍ has mapped out some of the best bars in London to get a Mojito, or a Mojito with a twist. From dancing the night away at Cargo to the candle lit London Cocktail Club on Islington’s notorious Essex Road, there are countless ways to enjoy this iconic cocktail.
Bacardi has also set up a recipe for the Original BACARDÍ Mojito for you to put your own cocktail making skills to the test!
The Original BACARDÍ Mojito
50 ml BACARDÍ CARTA BLANCA Rum
4 lime wedges
2 heaped tsp Caster Sugar
12 fresh Mint Leaves
25 ml soda water
Sprig of fresh mint
- Place the four lime wedges into a large high ball glass and pour over the sugar
- Muddle gently using a blunt object to press the juice out of the lime wedges
- Place the mint leaves on one hand and clap them with the other; this bruises the mint leaves and releases their delicate aroma
- Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass to impart their aroma and drop them into the glass
- Use the muddler or a bar spoon to gently submerge the mint into the lime juice
- Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the BACARDÍ Carta Blanca rum
- Using a bar spoon (or the longest spoon you have to reach the bottom of the glass) stir the ingredients in a churning action to circulate the limes and mint through the drink and fully dissolve the sugar
- Top the glass up with crushed ice and add a splash of soda water
- Garnish with a generous sprig of mint, gently bruised in your hand to release its flavour
BACARDÍ has a long standing history with the Mojito – the first ever written record of the Mojito was in Pedro Chicote’s book ‘La Ley Mojada’ (meaning ‘Wet Law’) which used BACARDÍ Carta Blanca Rum – so they are in very good hands.