The Perfect Mojito: A Guide to Making the Best Mojitos at Home

Are you looking for a refreshing drink to cool down this summer? Why not try a mojito? This classic Cuban cocktail is made with rum, lime juice, sugar, and mint, and it's perfect for sipping on a hot day. But if you're like most people, you probably don't know how to make a mojito. 

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That's where our mojito kit comes in! In this blog post, we'll show you how to make the perfect Mojito using our cocktail mixers as well as how the history behind the original Mojito. So sit back, relax, and let us show you how it's done! 

What Is A Mojito?

A mojito is a refreshing, minty cocktail that originated in Cuba. It's made with rum, lime juice, sugar, sparkling water, and mint leaves. The Mojito is a popular choice for summertime drinking because it's so refreshing and cooling.

People enjoy mojitos for many reasons. The minty flavor is refreshing, and the lime juice gives it a tart kick. However, the sugar balances out the tartness of the lime juice, and the rum provides a smooth, boozy finish. 

The History Behind The Mojito

Like many delicious drinks, the origins of the Mojito are a bit tricky to trace down. But the most famous story dates back to the early 1500s when Sir Francis Drake wanted to rob all of the gold from the city of Havana, Cuba. While the actual invasion itself was not fruitful, something else came out of this incident. 

All of Sir Francis Drakes's crewmates were suffering from horrible illnesses, including scurvy and dysentery. However, locals were known to have created remedies for many of these types of diseases. A small group went onto shore and purchased the ingredients to make this medicine. 

The medicine was a combination of juices from sugar cane and lime, mint leaves, and aguardiente de Cana. This combined together created the perfect medicine to help those who were sick recover from their illness. However, it's now recognized that the cocktail itself wasn't what made them feel better. Instead, it was the lime juice that helped to heal their illness. Years later, a very similar cocktail became popular in Cuba, known as "El Draque," and was named after Drake himself. 

However, its real popularity began in the 1800s when two significant things happened. First, Ernest Hemmingway discovered the drink in LE Bodeguita Del Medio, and the Bacardi company was established. These two events caused the Mojito to become one of the most popular cocktails to create. This drink is advertised as the Hemmingway Mojito and is still made today with the original recipe. 

Most recently, James Bond ordered a mojito in the film Casino Royale, and the popularity of the drink skyrocketed. 

How to Make a Traditional Mojito

Now that you know a little bit more about the Mojito, it's time to learn how to make one! To make a traditional mojito, you will need:

  • White rum
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar
  • Sparkling water
  • Mint leaves 

Directions:

Start by adding the rum, lime juice, and sugar into a glass. Muddle the mint leaves and add them to the glass as well. Fill the rest of the glass with ice and top it off with sparkling water. Give it a good stir, and enjoy! 

If you're looking for a mojito kit that has everything you need to make the perfect Mojito, look no further than Mixly. All you need is a glass of ice and your favorite liquor to complete the drink!

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Why Are Mojito Kits Easier?

While following a traditional mojito recipe is easy enough, mojito kits make things even simpler. All you need to do is add ice and your favorite liquor, and you're good to go! No muddling is required. 

With a mojito kit from Mixly, you can make sure that your mojitos are perfectly balanced every single time. The lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar are all perfectly proportioned so that you don't have to worry about adding too much or too little of anything. This makes it easy to always enjoy a mojito, regardless of whether you're at a bar or making them at home. 

Mojito kits are also a great option if you're looking for a unique gift idea. They make excellent gifts for those who love to entertain or for anyone who enjoys delicious cocktails. 

5 Similar Drinks To Mojitos

If you love mojitos, but want to try something new, here are a few drinks that are similar to the Mojito that you might love, including:

Mint Julep

The mint julep has been around for more than 200 years and is a classic Southern cocktail. It's actually the official drink of the Kentucky Derby and has become a trendy drink in bars across the world. Many people think that the mint julep is just a sweeter version of the Mojito, but it's pretty different. The mint julep is made with bourbon, sugar, water, and mint leaves. 

To create the Mint Julep, start by muddling the mint leaves in a glass. Next, add the bourbon, sugar, and water and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Finally, fill the glass with ice and enjoy! You can even garnish with mint leaves for an extra bit of taste.

Rum Swizzle

The rum swizzle dates back to the mid 19th century and is a trendy drink in Bermuda. This refreshing drink was used to keep locals cool on a hot day while still tasting amazing. It's made with dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, bitters, falernum, and mint. 

To make the cocktail, start by adding all of the ingredients into a glass. Next, fill the glass with ice and stir until everything is combined. Finally, you can garnish with a mint sprig or with more bitters to complete the drink. 

Chilcano

Chicanos are a typical Peruvian drink that has become popular all over South America. This drink is similar to the Mojito but uses Pisco instead of rum. Pisco is a type of brandy that is made in Peru and Chile and has a grape flavor. It was invented when Italian immigrants moved to Peru in the late 1800s and adapted their cocktail recipes with the local ingredients available in Peru.

The ingredients in this drink include Pisco, fresh lime juice, lime, and ginger beer. To create the Chilcano, start by adding all of the ingredients into a glass with ice. Then, give it a good stir until the drink is chilled, and garnish it with a lime twist. 

Daisy De Santiago Cocktail

The history of the Daisy De Santiago is a bit unclear, but it's believed to date back to the early 1900s. This drink was created in Cuba and is made with rum, lime juice, sugar, mint, club soda, and yellow Chartreuse. 

To create this cocktail, you'll want to combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake it for at least 25 seconds. You'll know the cocktail is finished when the outside is frosted. Next, pour the cocktail into a drink and add a bit of club soda to top it off. Don't forget your mint at the top for the final touch! 

Caipirinha

Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil and is made with Cachaca, sugar, lime, and ice. Cachaca is a type of rum that is made from fermented sugarcane juice. It's essential to use fresh lime in this drink because it really makes a difference in the flavor. If you can't find Cachaca, the drink won't taste the same. The only real Cachaca is made in Brazil and is about 39% alcohol by volume. 

To create this drink, you'll want to start by muddling the lime wedges with sugar. Next, add ice cubes to the glass. Finally, top it off with Cachaca and enjoy! 

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed learning about mojitos and how to make them! If you're feeling inspired to try your hand at making this classic cocktail, be sure to pick up a mojito kit from Mixly. Until next time, cheers!

 

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