classic mojito

"Waiter serve me a Mojito...and not a Mulata!"

The humble Mojito originated in Cuba and not Spain, but now of course the mint, sugar and rum combination has not only become famous but a firm favourite throughout the world.

Made with white rum and white sugar (and not dark rum and brown sugar), this drink has significant personal memories for me, which date back to my time in the Middle East. The emirate (state) of Fujeriah allowed the partaking of alcohol in hotels only and the mojitos served in the beach hotel were first class. As I lived in  completely dry emirate further down the coast this was indeed a bonus. Living in a dry state does have its difficulties when it comes to preparing some dishes as I was unable to even cook with wine.

As for a Mulata? Ah, that is the dark rum and dark sugar version of the mojito. If you wish to check go ahead - mulata originates from the word 'mulato', the name given to a child of mixed black and white parentage. I know that there are Spanish establishments that will swear blind that their mojitos made with dark rum are originals, but go to Cuba and you'll find that white rum versions prevail!


Here's the recipe you are going to need to make a mojito.

What you need:

  • 2 parts White rum
  • 1 part Lime juice
  • Soda water
  • 8 to 10 Mint sprigs
  • 1 part Ice cubes
  • Lime slices
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar

What you do:

In a highball glass, mash the mint and sugar together. Add the ice followed by the white rum and lime juice.
Top up with soda water. Dress with lime slices and a sprig or two of mint.