The Mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail which in recent years has become very popular in the United States. The traditional Mojito is made up of five ingredients: rum, sugar, lime, carbonated water and mint. The mint and lime are muddled together at the bottom of the cocktail shaker with a wooden tool called a “muddler” to release all the flavors of the lime and mint. The remaining ingredients are then added and poured over crushed ice in a tall glass. Garnished of course, with mint. The recipe below is renowned chef, Bobby Flay’s adaptation of the Mojito, including ginger and Thai basil. Delicious!
Yield: 1 drink
2 lime wedges
6 mint leaves
4 Thai basil leaves
1 tablespoon Ginger Simple Syrup
1 ounce club soda
1 ounce white rum
Place the lime, mint and Thai basil in a cocktail shaker and muddle well. Add Ginger Simple Syrup, club soda and rum and shake well.
Rim a tall glass with fine sugar and fill with ice. Pour drink over ice. Float coconut milk on top of the drink.
Ginger Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, thickly sliced
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Once cool, strain out the ginger.
Source: Bobby Flay – Food Network – Episode# BT0109