How to Make a Mojito with Dark Rum
During my time in Havana, Cuba I drank countless amounts of mojitos. Mojitos are so commonplace over there, ordering one is like getting a water. Arriving back in Orlando, I found myself craving mojitos like crazy. Now I forgot to get the traditional white rum so I had to make due with the dark rum that I bought. So, let’s satisfy the mojito urge but with some dark rum.
Now I created Greg’s Style Guide to be a dignified source for visitors to reference for advice and tips on menswear, food, and various lifestyle things. That never really happened and the posts basically were filled with dramatics, exaggerations, and fanfare. But I figured for this post, I’ll wander into unchartered territory. I’ll actually provide usable consumer advice. So, I’ll be putting away the embellishments and will provide a factual recipe that you can reference whenever you fancy a refreshing cocktail.
First things first, let’s make sure you have the right tools. You’ll need a highball glass, a muddler, shot glass, knife, and a long swirly spoon thing. Below, I’ve provided a list for your ease and reference. If you don’t have these tools, you can order your bar tool set by clicking HERE if you don’t have these tools. (So factual, I think I’m doing great)
- Highball Glass
- Shot Glass
- Long Swirly Spoon
Okay, now that we’ve got the necessary tools to get the job done, let’s get all of the ingredients together. Pluck ten fresh mint leaves off the stalk and put them aside. A couple facts about mint leaves; they are green, members of Lamiaceae family, whatever that means, and are great at promoting digestion and soothing terrible, gut-wrenching bouts of indigestion. Moving on, so take half of your lime and cut it into fourths. Set aside about two tablespoons of sugar. Some club soda and a bowl of ice. Now when it came to which dark rum I used I ran a test. I made a mojito with Havana Club and another with Legendario. I got pretty tipsy, so I honestly couldn’t factually tell you which was better so go with whichever dark rum is within reach.
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 lime, cut into fourths
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- Club Soda
- 2 shots of dark rum
- Put the mint, lime, and sugar in the bottom of your highball glass. Muddle everything together. When muddling, simply bruise the mint while juicing your limes. Be careful to not over muddle your mint. Add a shot of rum and muddle some more to mix.
- Fill glass with ice
- Pour another shot of rum into your glass.
- Top with cold club soda
- Serve with straw and a lime wheel
I hope this cocktail brings a little bit of Havana, Cuba to wherever you are in the world. Sip your mojito as you read and browse through the Traveling in Time to Cuba post. Now it’s time for me to get back to less factual and exaggerated things.