It all started with ‘Die Another Day’, Halle Berry’s attempt to recreate ‘that’ Ursula Andress moment (Come on, really? It just wasn’t the same) and Pierce Bronson coolly utters “Mojito?”. That was it, another cocktail to add to the list to try. It was the same with the Sex and the City Girls sipping on Cosmopolitans. I must be an Ad Executive’s dream, add a glamourous backdrop, beautiful people and I’m there! In this case, both cocktails were a hit, and added to my drinks repertoire.
Fast forward many years and many miles, I have the perfect location and the perfect reason – honeymoon in The Maldives, with mojitos in the evening before dinner. Then trot on a few months later to Christmas, my first as a Mrs. My OH, or should he now be DH? (Darling Husband) spied a Mojito kit in M&S, went back to get it and they’d all gone (typical). So on Christmas morning, I was greeted with a Mojito kit in Ian’s own special way – 1870 soda water (3 bottles of, 3 for 2 offer in Waitrose), 1litre of Barcardi (cheaper to buy in bulk), a Singapore cocktail shaker, Martini glasses (arrived chipped, returned and awaiting replacement. Cheers John Lewis) and finally a 1000 Cocktails book (and yes, I will attempt to work my way through it, purchasing weird and wonderful liqueurs along the way). I’m hoping somewhere in there, he was thinking that it would be a nice reminder of our honeymoon….
So Boxing Day, was Cocktail Day, cue ‘Mojito’!
- 50ml White Rum
- Lime Juice
- Soda Water
- 1 teaspoon White Sugar
- Mint Sprigs
- Lime Slices
- Put the sugar in the bottom of a glass. Pour the lime juice over the sugar, to just cover it. Add a couple of sprigs of mint.
- Gently crush the mint with the sugar and the lime juice. This is apparently called 'Muddling', for me it's muddling about how the best way of doing so is - the back of a spoon, the end of a rolling pin?!
- Add the ice to the 'muddled' mixture until it fills the glass, then add the soda water so the glass is about 2/3s full.
- Add the rum, give it a stir and top it with the lime slices and a sprig of mint.
There are lots of recipes out there that add a dash of Angostura Bitters, and there are some without; we've none, so we went without. Also, we used brown sugar as per the Mojitos we had in the Maldives.