Cocktail Corner: Mojito Masterclass

Everything tastes better with rum, right? Right. Take the word masterclass lightly because I just enjoy rum. I enjoy rum a lot.

So you have your standard mojito, and that’s marvellous, but it can be made better and with several variations. So that’s what I bring to you. THREE mojitos! I’ve been taste testing these for a while, such a chore, I know, but these three are certainly worth sharing!
Shall I also add how annoyed I am that I only have two of those crystal tumblers! Not quite the Captain Morgan sun’s out rum’s out tumblers, I know, but I bought these ones recently and there were four of them on the shelf and two of them were chipped. Gutting. But I love them, so I couldn’t not feature them in this post!

Below I have recipes for;
1. ‘Original’ mojito
2. Pineapple mojito
3. Watermelon mojito
So, Captain 1, 2 and 3 are ready to set sail. Captain.. can you see what’s coming?

It’s no secret that I love rum (have I mentioned?) and Captain Morgan spiced rum is my choice for all three. Feel free to switch that up, I just prefer a spiced or dark rum over a white (which is what you would normally use in a mojito) but I think the spiced tastes sooo much nicer with the mint and lime.

For all the mojitos you will need;
1. Fresh mint leaves
2. Limes cut into segments (one lime will stretch to 6/8 segments)
3. Sugar syrup (recipe below)
4. Ice
5. Captain Morgan spiced rum (or rum of choice)
6. Soda Water
7. Watermelon cut into chunks (only for watermelon mojito)
8. Ginger ale/juice (only for watermelon mojito)
9. Pineapple cut into chunks (only for pineapple mojito)
10. Cocktail shaker (you can pretty much get away with just stirring, if you don’t own a shaker)
**A shot is 25ml but most shakers come with a shot measurement

If you want a virgin cocktail, simply just leave out the alcohol!

You can buy sugar syrups for abour £4 odd a bottle, or as I did, you can make your own- it only requires two ingredients, sugar and water, and I bet you already have those! You can tailor the quantity of how much syrup you want, as long as you keep to a ratio of 2:1, sugar to water. I used two cups sugar to one cup water. A lot of mojito recipes do just add brown sugar into the drink, but I much prefer the syrup.

Sugar syrup;
1. Boil the keetle and add one cup of boiling water to a saucepan. Alternatively you can measure out cold water and heat this on the hob, I just find the first easier for me.
2. Do not let the water boil or simmer, keep it at the lowest heat.
3. Gradually add the first cup of sugar and stir in until completely dissolved.
4. Once the first cup is completely dissolved, repeat the third step with the second cup of sugar.
5. Keep stiring until the mixture is viscous and shiny.
6. Turn the heat off and leave to cool in the pan
7. Once cooled, transfer into your container of choice (I used an old, clean water bottle.)
**I’m aware that if you add a splash of vodka to this mixture, it does keep longer. However, I’ve had my current syrup with no vodka for around a month in the fridge and that’s still keeping fine.

Time for the mojitos!!

‘Original’ Mojito;
So this comes in air quotes because the only thing that makes it different from a normal mojito is the rum…

1. Place around 8 mint leaves (I like a lot of mint but you can alter this to taste) into your tumbler and muddle. I don’t own a muddler so I used a spoon.
2. Squeeze a segment of lime into the glass and drop this in along with a shot of sugar syrup and muddle again.
3. Add two shots of rum (or alter to taste)
4. Add ice to fill the tumbler and tranfer mixture into shaker
5. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKETY SHAKE
6. Tip back into the tumblr and top up with soda water
7. Squeeze another lime segment over the top and drop it in
8. Add crushed ice and a sprig of mint leaves to finish you off

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Pinapple mojito;
Pineapple goes so well with rum, all those tropical, Carribean flavours! You could also switch out the rum in this recipe for a coconut rum as that would compliment the pineapple as much as the spiced.

1. Place around 8 mint leaves into your tumbler and muddle.
2. Squeeze a segment of lime into the glass and drop this in with a shot of sugar syrup and two chunks of fresh pineapple and muddle again.
3. Add two shots of rum (or alter to taste)
4. Add ice to fill the tumbler and tranfer mixture into shaker (If you aren’t using a shaker, I recommend you blend the pineapple a bit since the shaking is what breaks it up, making it more of a juice.)
5. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKETY SHAKE
6. Tip back into the tumblr and top up with soda water
7. Squeeze another lime segment over the top and drop it in
8. Add crushed ice, a sprig of mint leaves and slice a pineapple chunk to sit on the rim of the glass to finish

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Watermelon mojito;
Okay, so this is super delcious and certainly a twist on the classic mojito! The ginger in this recipe comes through quite strong, so if you’re not a fan of ginger, top up half and half with ginger and soda water!

1. Place around 8 mint leaves into your tumbler and muddle.
2. Squeeze a segment of lime into the glass and drop this in with a shot of sugar syrup and two to three chunks of fresh watermelon and muddle again.
3. Add two shots of rum (or alter to taste)
4. Add ice to fill the tumbler and tranfer mixture into shaker (If you aren’t using a shaker, I recommend you blend the watermelon a bit since the shaking is what breaks it up, making it more of a juice.)
5. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKETY SHAKE
6. Tip back into the tumblr and top up with ginger ale/juice. Half and half with soda water, if you’re not keen on ginger!
7. Squeeze another lime segment over the top and drop it in
8. Add crushed ice, a sprig of mint leaves and slice a watermelon chunk to sit on the rim of the glass to finish

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I planned on taking an artsy type photo with the rum and ingredients in the background, but I had such a tiny amount of rum left and I made the BIGGEST mess. Scenes you don’t see, ey.

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These cocktails do follow pretty much the same formula, but use it as a guide and alter to your own taste!

What other types of mojitos have you tried?

**Other rums are available

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  1. Hahah I love this blog post, the cocktails look so pretty, Im gonna have to try the pineapple one it sounds so good!!

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