Sugar, spice and all things nice. You’ll definitely find all three in this delicious twist on a classic Mojito recipe. Want to up your Mojito-making game? Read on to discover my Spiced Rum Mojito recipe.
A brief history of the Mojito
The Mojito is a traditional highball cocktail that originated in Havana, Cuba. As seems to be the case with a lot of cocktails, however, the exact origin of the drink is somewhat up for debate. For the sake of this piece, though, I’m sticking with Cuba as its founder. The cocktail was actually first known as a remedy for various tropical illnesses by local South American Indians, and they would travel over to Cuba to gather ingredients to create medicine. The ingredient that they used was called aguardiente de caña, which translates to ‘burning water’, and they would mix it with lime, sugarcane juice and mint. Sounds familiar, right?
Nowadays, a standard mojito consists of five key ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint. The combination creates a delicious mix of sweet and citrus, with the freshness of mint. It’s an incredibly popular summer cocktail and is definitely one that I find myself ordering (and, of course, making) a lot in the warmer months. To learn more about the history of the Mojito, visit the Wikipedia page.
My Spiced Rum Mojito recipe
If you’ve read any of my other cocktail recipes before then you’ll know that I love adding my own twist to a classic cocktail. So, I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that my Mojito recipe comes with its own twist too. But you know that from the title already, don’t you? Yeah, that’s right, my Mojito recipe doesn’t use white rum. Instead, I opted for something with a little bit more pizzaz to it. Spiced Rum. Here’s how I make it.
High ball glass | Muddler
50ml spiced rum
25ml sugar syrup
100ml soda water
juice of half a lime
10-15 fresh mint leaves
plenty of crushed ice
Add the mint leaves & lime juice into the glass.
Using the muddler, give the mint & lime juice a good muddle.
Add some of the crushed ice into the glass until it’s about a third of the way full.
Pour in the rum & sugar syrup, then give the drink another quick muddle.
Add even more crushed ice to the glass until it’s two thirds full.
Pour the soda water on top & give everything a quick stir.
Top the drink off with a little bit more ice & serve.
Spice, spice baby
As a lover of a strong drink, swapping out white rum for spiced rum for this cocktail makes all the difference in my opinion. I’ve often found that Mojito’s that use white rum can have a really watery quality to them (which I am absolutely NOT on board with). When I make a drink, I want it to pack a punch, and I think the switch from white to spice rum really adds to the cocktail.
A quick note: if you’re making your own sugar syrup you might need to add a fraction more of it for that extra sweetness. I found that homemade stuff isn’t as sweet as sugar syrup that you buy in the shop. So, if you think it’s lacking sweetness, add a little more of it!
Pair it with a playlist
Want to get the full mojito experience? Level up your cocktail making by pairing this Spiced Rum Mojito with the F O Mojito playlist. My mojito-inspired playlist is full of classic Cuban hits and has been specifically curated to listen to whilst sipping on this cocktail. Listen to it on Spotify.
And that’s my Spiced Rum Mojito recipe! Are you a Mojito lover? What are your thoughts on my spicy twist on the classic cocktail? For more cocktail recipes (and music pairings) make sure to check out the cocktail section of Female Original, where you can find every cocktail recipe that I’ve shared before.
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