Original Mojito (By the glass or for a crowd) – Delightfully refreshing!

The Mojito has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and Miss Party acquired quite an affection for that mouthwatering sweet and sour flavor on a trip to Puerto Rico. She even came home and planted mint in the herb garden just to be able to make a pitcher of Mojitos over the summer at a moment’s notice. Today’s forecast: blue skies and warm breezes!

Here is a recipe for the classic Mojito by the glass or pitcher, a ‘Mocktail’ version sans alcohol and two others that might become new favorites for you and your guests!

Original BACARDI Mojito (ONE COCKTAIL)

1 part BACARDI Rum (1 1/2 oz)
3 parts Club Soda
12 fresh Mint Leaves
juice of 1/2 of a fresh-squeezed Lime
1/2 part sugar (1 Tblsp sugar or 2 Tbsp homemade Simple Syrup or Lime Simple Syrup)

Original BACARDI Mojito (ONE PITCHER) (you can easily double, or triple this recipe if using a large beverage dispenser) (Leave out the rum for a ‘mocktail’)

1 cup BACARDI Rum
30 fresh Mint Leaves
10 limes, freshly squeezed (with pulp) + 1-2 limes for lime slices
3/4 cup sugar (or 1 1/2 cups of homemade Simple Syrup or Lime Simple Syrup)
1 2 liter bottle of Club Soda

With a wooden spoon or ‘muddler’, muddle the mint, sugar (or simple syrup) and lime juice in the bottom of glass or pitcher, by stirring and crushing the mint leaves for several minutes. Add rum (or water for ‘Mocktail’) and stir. Add ice and top the glass or pitcher with 3 parts Club Soda. Add a lime slice as garnish for a glass or add lots of lime slices directly to the pitcher. Give the cocktail a couple of stirs. Miss Party loves a Mojito with a sugared glass rim! Just dip each glass rim in a saucer of water and then into a saucer of sugar. Set aside for a minute to dry. Or make your own Mint-flavored Rimming Sugar, by crushing dried mint very fine and mixing with a cup of sugar.

You might like to make your own Simple Syrup or Lime Simple Syrup, it’s extremely easy to do and is so versatile you find lots of uses for the leftover syrup. It will keep in a closed container in the refrigerator for at least 6 months.

Mojito Variations:

Limon Mojito

juice of a 1/2 fresh-squeezed Lime
1/2 part sugar (1 Tbsp sugar or 2 Tbsp homemade Lemon Simple Syrup)
1 part BACARDI Limon Rum
3 parts Club Soda
12 fresh Mint leaves
Follow above directions.

Honeybee Mojito

1 part BACARDI Rum
3 parts Club Soda
12 fresh Mint leaves
juice of a 1/2 fresh-squeezed Lime
1 Tbsp. honey

Follow above directions.

According to Bacardi Rum legend, waaay back in the 1500s in Cuba, Sir Richard Drake created a delicious cocktail which he promptly named ‘The Draque’. The Draque used Aguardiente which was the forerunner to Rum. Eventually, the Draque was re-born in the 1800s when Aguardiente was replaced with Rum. Then later, in the 1940s, Frederick Villoch declared that since the Draque recipe had been altered with Rum, it was to be forever renamed ‘Mojito’. The cocktail’s new name stuck and it has been the Mojito ever since. Over time, the cocktail became wildly popular all over the Caribbean Islands and eventually the recipe travelled to America.

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