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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

Ingredients

  • 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 Rican 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

Start with lime juice and mint

  • 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!
    A Cuban bartender making mint mojitos adding sugar and lime juice to each glass first.
  • Next place one long mint stem into each glass and simply muddle (push down and twist) the bottom of the mint stem only NOT THE MINT LEAVES 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 is a Cuban travel guide, and trust me, he knows a thing or two about mojitos!)
    A long line of Havana Club mojito glasses with the bartender making the drinks.

Finally add white rum, bitters and some ice

  • Next, add 1 shot white rum, 3 drops aromatic bitters.
    A Havana Club glass from Cuba with an ice cold mint mojito cocktail and garnished with a sprig of mint.
  • Add few ice cubes, in Cuba they don't add lots of ice because it is not commonly used, 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 large batch 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 in a large batch: 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. Once you have your mint simple  its time 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