There are some drink recipes that stand the test of time – and they withstand that test for a reason. The mojito is one such drink. Traditionally, the mojito is a simple cocktail that consists of 5 basic ingredients: rum, sugar, mint, sparkling water, and lime juice to taste.
Boring! Don’t get us wrong – the mojito is a classic drink with a rich history, but with so many drink syrups and creative ingredients available in today’s market, it seems a little bland. This Cuban drink is designed to be refreshing, and it’s an awesome drink recipe for any hot summer day, but using the same tired ingredients can get repetitive.
Furthermore, with a relatively low alcohol content, the mojito has plenty of room for fruity and citrus-based flavors. Just like many popular drinks, the mojito has a history rich with culture and evolution. The drink recipe has already evolved, but there are many opportunities for us to make our own modifications of this classic drink.
It began in 1586, when Francis Drake and his crew of pirates were searching for gold. While they were unsuccessful in finding the gold riches they sought, Drake and his crew invented a mojito-like cocktail. While it was vastly different from the drink we’re used to today, it created the groundwork for one of the world’s most renowned drinks. In fact, it even inspired the creation of its close cousin – the Brazilian Caipirinha!
While you might not be a pirate searching for lost gold, you can take part in the rich history of the mojito by creating your own version of this classic cocktail.
- 4 strawberries
- ½ lime
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 ½ oz white rum
- 2 tablespoons of white sugar
- ½ cup club soda
- 2 oz. Amoretti Premium Mojito Syrup
In this particular recipe, the strawberries are what make the mojito unique. Of course, you can substitute any fruit that you desire, but who doesn’t love a good dose of strawberries in their life?
- Cut the strawberries in half, then add them to the cocktail shaker with the lime wedges and mint leaves.
- Add ice and the white rum, followed by the sugar and Amoretti Premium Mojito Syrup.
- Shake! (As you’re shaking this cocktail, the strawberries should naturally infuse light traces of flavor, which will be heightened by the mint leaves and lime wedges.)
- Pour into your glass of choice (we recommend a pint or Collins glass) and top with the club soda.
- Garnish with a fresh, ripe strawberry and sprig of mint.
We’re sure that the fruit addition to this standard cocktail is a treat you’ll want to experiment making time and time again!