Kathmandu, July 11
Summer throughout the world is synonymous with cocktails. But one cocktail, in particular, is the epitome of summer – the mojito.
This cocktail made with white rum has captivated everyone around the world. Originating in the streets of Cuba, this cocktail has travelled the world. Many bartenders in the country and abroad feel that the mojito stands as a cocktail that embodies the spirit of relaxation and sophistication.
It is a timeless classic that will live on for generations thanks to the bend of lime, mint, rum and soda. But crafty bartenders can do more with this drink. Some have created their own versions of the drink by incorporating different ingredients, herbs and fruits.
Whether sipped on a tropical beach or enjoyed in a busy bar in Kathmandu on a Friday, the taste of this classic is the same.
As temperatures rise in Kathmandu, this is the drink that you should opt for as it revitalises and invigorates the body and soul.
Here are some facts about this age-old cocktail:
Where is its origin?
The exact origin of this cocktail is unclear, but it is believed to have originated in Cuba in the late 1800s.
How should it be served?
A mojito is typically served in a highball glass filled with ice and garnished with a sprig of mint and lime wedges.
Why is it important to use Rum instead of Vodka in a traditional mojito?
People may confuse the mojito as a vodka-based drink. However, the classic recipe of the mojito uses White Rum as the base spirit, as the flavour profile of the cocktail is significantly different when made with White Rum instead of Vodka. The White Rum adds a unique sweetness and complexity to the drink, while the vodka is more neutral in flavour.
What type of Rum is used in it?
Light or White Rum is typically used in a mojito. In Nepal you can get Khukri White Rum; Nepal’s one and only White Rum with delicate notes of tropical fruits, rich nutty undertones and a creamy character thus making it the perfect ingredient for a delightfully refreshing mojito.
What food pairs well with it?
The refreshing taste of a mojito pairs well with light and flavorful dishes such as seafood, salads, and grilled vegetables.
How to make a mojito:
Ingredients: White Rum, Mint leaves, Lime, White Sugar, Soda
Step 1: Place some mint leaves and one live wedge in a tall sturdy glass. Crush the mint leaves using a muddler.
Step 2: Add some more lime wedges and sugar syrup (or white sugar) and muddle some more.
Step 3: Fill the glass with ice. (Crushed ice is better)
Step 4: Add 30 ml white rum.
Step 5: Top the glass off with soda water.
Step 6: Garnish with mint leaves and lime wedge on top.
Note: You can make a non-alcoholic version of the drink. All you need to do is not add White Rum.
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