How to make the perfect mojito

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The perfect mojito recipe

For a long time i’ve been looking for the perfect Mojito cocktail recipe. It took me a while to find what I was looking for until I saw how Manuel Wouters, a Belgian cocktail guru, prepared the original mojito recipe:

  • 15 – 20 mint leaves
  • 5 cl brown rum
  • 4 cl freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cl  sugar syrup
  • A half teaspoon of cane sugar
  • A slice of lime

The preparation is quite straightforward: put the mint leaves in a glass and add the cane sugar. Muddle the mint leaves gently, don’t crush them too hard. Pour in the rum, the lime juice and the sugar syrup. Squeeze the lime of slice and add it to your mojito. Add crushed ice and muddle everything well.

Don’t add soda, lemonade or tonic… The original mojito recipe is based on only four ingredients: brown rum, sugar, lime juice and mint. This mojito cocktail comes with a little rum kick which makes it quite special. This effect would be diluted when you add soda or lemonade to your mojito.

Sometimes I change the sugar syrup with mint infused sugar syrup. I did the test with many of my guests and I must admit that they prefer this mojito recipe to the original one. In my opinion this is the perfect mojito cocktail recipe: no soda and mint infused sugar syrup instead of the normal sugar syrup.

 If you like your mojito cocktail without the little rum kick I advise you to add some club soda. This makes the drink a little more refreshing and light. If you replace the soda with lemonade your mojito cocktail will get an extra sweet taste.  Some people even replace the soda or the lemonade with tonic water. This gives the mojito a somewhat bitter and different taste.

And yes, mojitos without alcohol are also possible.  The mojito cocktail is also a cocktail suitable for children or pregnant women. Just leave out the alcohol. Here you can find one of our famous non alcoholic moijto cocktail recipes.

When  a mojito doesn’t have precise the measurements, it can turn into a little disaster. Too sweet, not sweet enough, too sour, too strong, ... A lot of people struggle with it, even so called bartenders. As long as you respect the measurements nothing can go wrong…

Some people prefer white rum in their mojito cocktail. Of course that is also possible. It gives a bit of a cleaner taste to your mojito recipe but I think it doesn’t have the same effect as using brown rum.

Anyway, ‘de gustibus non est disputandum’... one should drink his or her perfect mojito the way he or she wants. Be creative, as long as you respect the correct measurements. And if you like to tell  nice story with it, look up the story about Ernest Hemingway who liked to drink his mojitos in Bodeguita del Medio in Havana.



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