Along with cigars, the Mojito is one of Cuba's most famous exports. Its name comes from the African word "mojo", meaning to cast a little spell. The advantage Mojitos have are the simple-yet-tasty ingredients: rum, sugar, lime juice, mint and soda water.
One of my favourite beverages, I make Mojito at home regularly. The combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors complements perfectly the potent kick of the rum. A perfect cocktail drink in our hot humid weather.
For this month's Little Thumbs Up event, I made a slight twist to my regular Mojito recipe - I added ginger to spice up my favourite cocktail!
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
Juice of half a Lime
2 mint sprigs, plus extra to serve
2-3 thin slices of old ginger
45ml Dark Rum Havana Club Añejo 7 Años (Or any Rum of your choice)**
Add sugar, lime juice, mint sprigs, ginger slices in a mixing jug or straight into a tall glass. Muddle until sugar dissolves, the oils are released from the mint and juice from the ginger.
Fill glass with ice cubes, add the rum and stir well. If using a mixing jug, strain or pour the mix into the glass and top off with Sprite.
Serve decorated with a lime wedge and extra sprig of mint. Enjoy responsibly. Salud!
** If you do not take alcohol, simply skip the rum for a refreshing non-alcoholic Virgin Mojito!
I am submitting this post to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.
I am the host for this month's event and Ginger is the theme for July. You can join in the fun and contribute your recipes here.