Home Quiz All Contributors

Recipe courtesy of TASTE Cocktails: The Mojito is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. As with all the best drinks, the story of how the Mojito came to be is a controversial and debated one. One story traces the Mojito to a 16th century drink known as "El Draque", after Sir Francis Drake. In 1586, Drake's ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses, so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back with ingredients for an effective (and delicious) medicine...

Ingredients & Method

12 mint leaves, 50ml rum, 20ml fresh lime juice, 15ml sugar syrup

Clap mint leaves between your hands a few times to release the aromas, then muddle lightly in the base of a glass. Add the liquid ingredients, and half-fill the glass with crushed ice. "Churn" the ice with your bar spoon to mix the ingredients, dilute the drink, and distribute the mint leaves evenly. Top up wth more ice, and a splash of soda to taste, then garnish with a sprig of mint.