Monday, May 23, 2011

Sugar and Mint in my drink?

These kinds of ingredients in drinks are most widely known to be used in a Mojito (pronouncedmōˈhētō) .  This flavorful drink consists of white rum, lime or lemon juice, sugar, mint, ice, and carbonated or soda water.
The Mojito is the national drink of Cuba, which is a refreshing classic originating in Havana during its heyday and is enjoying increasing popularity across the globe in trendy venues. Although, some have said that African slaves who worked in the Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th century were instrumental in Mojito origins.  Guarapo, the sugar cane juice often used in Mojitos was a popular drink amongst the slaves who helped coin the name of the sweet nectar.
There are several theories behind the origin of the name Mojito, one such theory holds that name relates to mojo, a Cuban seasoning made from lime and used to flavor dishes.  Another theory is that the name Mojito is simply a derivative of mojadito, Spanish for "a little wet", or simply the diminutive of "mojado".  Again all of which are theories! 
There are many ways to enjoy Mojito’s, here’s just one:
1.5 oz BACARDI Rum
12 fresh spearmint leaves
1/2 lime
7 oz club soda
2 tbsp. simple syrup or 4 tsp. sugar
For the smoothest summer cocktails, gently muddle mint leaves and lightly squeeze lime in a cool tall glass. Pour sweet syrup to cover and fill glass with ice. Add the Rum, club soda, and stir your emerging mojito well. Rim the glass with the Rose’s Cocktail Sugar—Mojito Lime Sugar, garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint. The best bar recipes then add these essential steps: toast, sip, and enjoy fine mojitos with your friends.

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