I really love Summer, but some days it can be difficult to escape the heat and humidity that comes with it. The right cocktail or the perfect beer can cut that heat and refresh your soul. This cocktails screams “SUMMER” to me. Today, we are going to explore the elements of this famous cocktail and what goes into making the best mojito recipe.
I think the theme of the Mojito is that it really can be forgiving on it’s ingredients. Most of the elements of this cocktail have some pretty strong flavors, so they can forgive each other when things are not perfect. I think we can start by just working our way through the ingredients: rum, sweetener, lime, mint, club soda.
Does the rum make the best Mojito recipe?
For many drinks, I think that choosing the right alcohol is one of the most important aspects of a recipe, but I feel a little different about the Mojito. Yes, the kind of rum a person chooses is important, but this is also a very forgiving drink. We blast it with sugar, lime, and mint. All three of these things are pretty powerful tastes. The rum does add taste to it, but all of the ingredients of this cocktail have a very strong personality.
In my next post, I will be looking at various rums and why they may be good selections for the best Mojito recipe. The general feeling on this, however, is that we do not need to spend an arm and leg on top shelf rum. We can make a really great Mojito with a good rum. If we were to sip rum straight, I would have a different opinion.
Sweetener in a Mojito
In a recent post, I talked about various kinds of sweetener. I choose to use fine sugar, but there are other perfectly reasonable options. Fine sugar works well for muddling and it also dissolves really well into the cocktail.
Mint in a Mojito
There seems to be a million different kinds of mint, but which do you use in a Mojito? Spearmint is the mint to use in a Mojito. There is probably a lot of room with the different kinds of mint that could be used, but spearmint is probably the most traditional and what was found in Cuba where the drink likely originated. Stick with this for making a traditional Mojito.
All mints are a subspecies of the Mentha plant and some of them are used in the culinary world.
Lime and Club Soda
I don’t need to go into this, do I? For limes, we want fresh ones and not crappy ones. For club soda, it would be hard to find carbonated water that is bad.
In summary, the best Mojito recipe is a powerhouse of flavor. All a person needs is fresh ingredients and a decent rum. These ingredients can come together to make the best Mojito recipe!