Cuban Mojito recipe - How to
Make an Authentic Cuba Cocktail
The original authentic recipe from Havana Cuba
- Added February 2, 2002
There are countless recipes for the Mojito
(pronounced moh-HEE-toh), but this version is for the one Hemingway
himself enjoyed at the Mojito's place of birth: La Bodeguita del
Medio in Havana, Cuba. If you are throwing a Cuban theme party, plan
on serving mojitos.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Mojito Recipe Ingredients:
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
4 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint
Havana Club white Rum (2 ounces)
2 ounces club soda
Place the mint leaves into a long mojito glass (often called a "collins"
glass) and squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. You'll want
about two ounces of lime juice, so it may not require all of the
juice from a single lime.
Add the powdered sugar, then gently smash the
mint into the lime juice and sugar with a muddler (a long wooden
device pictured below, though you can also use the back of a fork or
spoon if one isn't available). Add ice (preferably crushed) then add
the rum and stir, and top off with the club soda (you can also stir
the club soda in as per your taste). Garnish with a mint sprig.
While the following isn't the authentic original Bodeguita del Medio Cuban recipe for a mojito, some people will take
half of the juiced lime and cut into into four wedges to add to the
Another variation is to add Angostura bitters to cut the mojito's sweetness, which is a popular version in Havana hotels
although not the true Bodeguita recipe.
Some Cubans also use "guarapo"
in place of powdered sugar. Guarapo is a sugar cane syrup
available in the Latin food area of some supermarkets, some Latin
grocery stores, and most internet Hispanic stores (typically sold in 12
ounce cans just like soft drinks).
Mojito Glasses and Muddlers
Traditional mojito glasses and drink muddlers are hard to find in
stores outside of Florida.
If you want to purchase them online to entertain your guests, or as
a gift to others, you can find them at
The Cuban Store.
They have a variety of mojito glasses, wooden drink muddlers, and
pitchers for large groups (On their menu go to "Home & Gifts" then
Main Cuban recipe pages:
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