Mojito is pronounced as (mo-Hee-toe), which comes from the African word mojo and means “to place a little spell”. There are many stories about the origin of this well balanced and refreshing cocktail. Some say that it was the mastermind of the Cuban slaves working in sugar cane fields in late 1800. Others say that it was the great English pirate “Sir Richard Drake”, who added lime, sugar and mint, thereby creating a cocktail called “El Draque” or the Dragon. When aguardiente (an old and strong version of rum) was replaced with lighter rum, the mojito came on the stage. Since then there is no stopping this cocktail and if James Bond can ask for one in the movie “Die Another Day” then there are no limits to its popularity and sales potential for bars and restaurants.
Which one of the above tales is true? It’s hard to tell but one thing is for sure, an outstanding cocktail never dies.
At LRM we teach our students both, the modern and authentic version of this cocktail as demonstrated in the video below.
A modern-day mojito is a variation of the authentic mojito which has no boundaries. You can play around with the ingredients and keep inventing new recipes.
To make a modern-day mojito, you will need the following:
An authentic mojito demands more respect and every step in process must be done with love and care. To make an authentic mojito you will need:
For me the mojito is a very summer cocktail which is easy to make and refreshing to drink. Whenever you create a cocktail list for your bar, make sure the mojito is there because you will be busy making and selling them all day long! So the question is…which one would you drink or make and why?