How to make a Gin Mojito
The Gin Mojito is a variation of the original Southside cocktail using lime juice instead of lemon juice. It is absolutely delicious and one of our favourites. The Mojito was born in Havana, Cuba, and is traditionally white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint. Who originally created it is subject (as with a lot of cocktails) to debate.
One story is that it is based on a traditional local remedy for tropical illnesses that European sailors discovered and adapted - certainly the lime juice would have significantly prevented scurvy and dysentery as the British found out, leading to the creation of The Gimlet. Another theory is it was invented by Sir Francis Drake, though his variation used brandy rather than rum. Finally, it's possible it was created by slaves on the sugar plantations of Cuba, they certainly drank sugar cane juice but there's no evidence they added limes.
However it came about, it was the most popular cocktail in Britain and France in 2016. It is also often said to be a favourite of Ernest Hemmingway the novelist. The story goes that he frequented a bar, La Bodeguita del Medio, and wrote "My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita" on a wall of the bar. Most of his biographers say it's a good story but very doubtful (the writing is still there though). He definitely liked Daquiris though!
🍸 50ml Osmoz Citrus gin
🍸 20ml fresh lime juice
🍸 8 mint leaves
🍸 15ml sugar syrup⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To make🍸 We like to put the mint leaves in first and gently muddle them. If you don’t want it so minty then miss this step
🍸 Add all the ingredients with some ice to your cocktail shaker
🍸 Really shake – put your back into it!
🍸 Double strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass, no ice
🍸 Garnish with a slapped mint leave (putting a mint leaf in one hand and slapping it with the other hand releases the flavours)