The pioneer of summer drinks. The perfect expression of harmony and the definition of simplicity. A popular favorite. A classic- The Mojito!
With global warming and drastic climate change, I could almost say this drink is perfect for a sunny winter noon, as it is for a warm summer night. It could go with almost any occasion or season- night or day.
So how does the Mojito come together?
3 base flavours, 1 awesome poison – McDowell’s White Rum and as much ice that could fit the glass.
Your 3 base flavours being lemon, mint and sugar. (Not too difficult to find in most of our kitchens or at least our neighbour’s kitchen)
Once we extract the flavours of these 3 ingredients through a process called muddling, we load that glass with crushed ice. Now that you could get from your gola wala or just wrap some ice in a clean cloth and crush the ice with your bare hands. You can use a hammer or a belan to crush the ice. Either ways we need the ice crushed.
Thereafter we could choose to add that intoxicating McDowell’s White Rum or let our drink be a virgin. It’s perhaps not ready yet.
Drop in a stirrer and straw (that could be reused by you, to reduce the consumption of plastic)
Add a splash of soda on the top.
Stir and sip. After a moment repeat the process of stir and sip until you hear that annoying yet delightful sound of sucking in air through a straw.
- 60 ml McDowell’s white rum
- 5-6 mint springs
- 4-6 lemon chunks(1 big lemon)
- 2-3 tsp white sugar
- 60 ml soda
- Crushed ice
Take a mojito glass and drop the lemon chunks, mint and sugar in that order. Muddle gently to extract the flavours but be careful to not muddle the lemon too hard or the bitterness from the peel will come out.
Add crushed ice till the top.
Pour 60 ml McDowell’s white rum over the ice.
Add a splash of soda.
Stirrer & Straw. Garnish with a mint spring or lemon slice.
Article by - Ami Shroff
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