Amoretti Classic Cocktail #8: The Mojito
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been working our way through a list of classic cocktail recipes. We’ve posted some fruity ones like the Sea Breeze and Tequila Sunrise, as well as some more sour drink recipes like the Tom Collins. Today, however, we want to take a closer look at a drink recipe that’s incredibly sweet and unique: the Mojito.
The Mojito has its origins in 19th century Cuba, though its exact origins aren’t entirely clear. However, if you’re willing to be a bit liberal in defining the Mojito, you could argue that it’s one of the modern world’s oldest cocktails, with its roots in the mid-17th century. When rum first became widely available to the British (around 1650), it was popular to use mint, lime, and sugar to sweeten it. Though the drink was not known as a ‘Mojito’, it had all the basic properties of the modern Mojito!
- 40 ml white rum
- 30 ml lime juice
- 1 ½ pump Amoretti Premium Mojito Mint Syrup
- 1 tsp sugar
- soda water
Mix the first four ingredients together in a Collins glass. Add ice, and fill to the top with soda water. If you have fresh mint leaves readily available, be sure to put them to use by muddling them in this cocktail. However, we’ve designed this recipe to taste great without fresh mint leaves. So, if you don’t have them, don’t worry!
The Mojito is traditionally a summer cocktail because of its associations with tropical climates and its refreshing properties. However, unless you’re growing mint indoors at home, you might not have access to fresh mint leaves during this time of the year. If that’s the case, know that you can enjoy a great Mojito when you use Amoretti Premium Mojito Mint Syrup – mint leaves or not!
Also, our Mojito mint syrup pairs wonderfully in a variety of other drinks (from tea to cocktails). Also, try adding Mojito mint syrup to a mug of hot chocolate this winter. While we love using our peppermint syrup in our hot chocolate recipes, our Mojito mint syrup brings its own set of unique characteristics to the table.
Lastly, Amoretti customers who are trying to cut back on the sugar should be aware that our Mojito mint syrup comes in a sugar-free form as well. Don’t wait until the summer; start enjoying this classic drink recipe in January.