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Real Cuban Mint Mojitos: My Cuban Culinary Adventure

A Real Cuban Mint Mojito Recipe straight from my trip to Cuba. Learn the secret ingredient in these famous Cuban cocktails and what makes them authentic!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks & Cocktails
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: authentic cuban cocktail, cuban mojitos
Servings: 1
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Lisa Hatfield

Ingredients

In each glass:

  • 2 teaspoons white cane sugar
  • 1/2 lime juice only
  • 1 long mint sprig - The original Cuban recipe use spearmint or yerba buena a mint variety very popular on the island of Cuba
  • 1 shot of white rum good US or Puerto Rico brand, Cubans typically use Havana Club 3 year white rum
  • 3 drops aromatic bitters Angostura brand is best
  • sparkling water
  • wooden muddler small wooden spoons work fine

Instructions

In Cuba, they don't muddle or cut the mint leaves! Here is what they do:

  • In each glass: add 2 teaspoons white cane sugar, and the juice of half a lime. In Cuba, they don't place the lime into the glass, just the lime juice!
  • Next place one long mint stem into each glass and simply muddle (push down and twist) the bottom of the mint stem into the sugar and lime juice. Two reasons for this: one you don't get a strong bitter taste when you over muddle the mint leaves, and they stay pretty and green not brown and bruised. (This tip came from the bartenders we met on our trip and was confirmed with my good friend Abel who travels Cuba extensively with tourists, and this Cuban knows a thing or two about mojitos!)
  • Next, add 1 shot white rum, 3 drops aromatic bitters, a few ice cubes (in Cuba they don't add lots of ice), top with a splash of sparkling water, mix, and sip away!

Notes

about Cuban rum: Havana Club - El Ron De Cuba, is not currently available in the US due to the import embargo. You can find some good options like Havana Club - Puerto Rico available at specialty liquor stores.
garden mint growing tip: 
plant mint in a pot in your garden, mint sends runners and will run everywhere in your garden and you don't want that.
shortcut for making mojitos for a large party: making many mojitos for a party can be time-consuming on the host. Note: this is not a "real Cuban mojito", but saves time and tastes amazing!
make mint simple syrup: bring 2 cups water and 2 cups white cane sugar to a boil, turn off heat and drop 8-10 mint leaves into the pan. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the leaves.
Now to make the mojitos: Add 3 tablespoons simple mint syrup per glass, 1 shot white rum, 3 drops aromatic bitters, 1/2 lime juice only, few ice cubes, splash sparkling water, mix,  and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 31mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg