The first version of this cocktail appeared in 1586 on the boat of English pirates, who pillaged Cuban coasts. Once, after an unsuccessful raid, Richard Drake, a boat doctor, prepared a mix of aguardiente (a forerunner of rum), mint, lime and sugar to cheer the crew up. Since then, the Mojito has been known as a perfect refreshing drink (not only among pirates!).
You will need (for one portion):
— light rum — 50 ml / 1.7 oz
— soda water — 150 ml / 5oz
— 1 lime cut into wedges
— 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar or sugar syrup — 15 ml / 0.5 oz
— 10-12 mint leaves
— crushed ice
— highball glass
— ice tongs
— ice bucket
— cocktail spoon
Put two lime wedges, 10-12 mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar (or sugar syrup) into the glass. Mash it with the muddler until lime and mint release juice.
Fill the glass with ice two-third full.
Measure 50 ml / 1.7 oz of light rum with the jigger. Pour it into the glass.
Pour soda water into the glass. Leave room for ice.
Add crushed ice until the glass is full.
Stir with the cocktail spoon.
Put two wedges or slices of lime into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, a sprig of mint and a cocktail straw.
The Mojito is complete!