Video:How to Make a Great Mojitowith Ben Kurtzman
Make your own mojitos at home! This refreshing Cuban cocktail is great for a hot summer day.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Make a Great MojitoHi, I'm Ben Kurtzman for About.com Food and today I am going to show you how to make a mojito. This refreshing Cuban cocktail is great for a hot summer day, when you are kicking back with friends, or even with a meal.
Mojito IngredientsHere is what you will need:
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 ounces light rum
Preparing Mojito IngredientsWe are going to start by crushing the mint and the sugar in a mortar and pestle. Mortar and pestles are great for crushing garlic and herbs, they are fairly inexpensive, and you can pick them up at just about any kitchen store.
When you are making a mojito you can use as much fresh mint as you want. I would start with a minimum of 5 or 6 leaves. Mixing the mint leaves with the sugar creates kind of a paste, and the reason we do this is so that it will mix in much more smoothly with the liquids and when we take a sip it will not be grainy.
Crushing Mint LeavesIt is important to be patient when you are crushing the mint leaves. It may take few minutes, but it really is the best way to bring out the natural juices in the mint. And it may be a stretch, but it almost looks like pesto when you are done with it.
Mojito Sugar PasteI am going to take my mint sugar paste and put it in the glass that I am going to use for my drink. Next we are going to work with the lime. We are going to cut it in half and use half of it for juice, and the other half will be garnish.
Add Final IngredientsNext, we are going to add the rum and the ice, and finally we are going to top it off with a little bit of ginger ale. Now I am going to give it a quick stir to get everything mixed properly, and we are going to add a lime garnish, and it will be ready to enjoy.
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