Mojito

A Mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint, a mint variety very popular on the island.

Rum Based Cocktail.

Cocktail is made with:

  •   60 ml Rum
  •   Half a lime
  •   6 mint leaves
  •   2 teaspoon of sugar
  •   Muddled together
  •   Top with soda water

Serve in highball glass.

Taste & Colour

Muddled just enough to bruise the mint leaves not destroy them. Sweet refreshing citrus with mints complimenting rum. Havana, Cuba, is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate.

Different Mojito base on their regions.

Brief History

One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as “El Drake”, after Francis Drake. In 1586, after his successful raid at Cartagena de Indias Drake’s ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board.

It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back with ingredients for a medicine which was effective. The ingredients were

  • Fire water or basically rum from sugar cane
  • Tropical ingredients available in the island such as  lime, sugarcane juice, mint

Although it was not called  Mojito at this time, it was still the original combination of these ingredients.

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Cosmopolitan

A cosmopolitan, or informally a Cosmo, is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice.

Cranberry based cocktail.

Cocktail is made with:

  •   60 ml Vodka
  •   15 ml Cointreau
  •   15 ml Triple Sec
  •   15 ml Lime or Lemon Juice
  •   60 ml Cranberry
  •   Finish with lemon peel

Serve in a chilled martini glass.

Taste & Colour

Final product should have a slightly sour taste and pinkish color because of the lime juice. Balanced flavor of sweetness and alcohol

Step by step video of how to make a Cosmopolitan.

History

The origin of the cosmopolitan is disputed. It is widely believed that the drink was created independently by different bartenders since the 1970s. Generally, people have recognized that John Caine brought the drink to San Francisco around 1987 from Ohio

Popularity

The cosmopolitan gained popularity quickly, traveling from Province town, through New York, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, and on to San Francisco (Caine) or possibly from Miami to San Francisco, and on to New York. The Cosmopolitan gained popularity in the 1990s. It was further popularized among young women by its frequent mention on the television program Sex and the City, where Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, commonly ordered the drink when out with her girlfriends.

Dirty Martini

Martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.

Stirred not Shaken!

Cocktail is made with:

  •   120 ml of Gin or Vodka
  •   30 ml Dry Vermouth (varies)
  •   Finish with olive or lemon twist

Serve in chilled martini glass

Taste & Colour

Flavor varies depending on the dryness. Balanced flavor of sweetness and dry vermouth.Some Martinis were prepared by filling a cocktail glass with gin, then rubbing a finger of vermouth along the rim.

Step by step video on how to make a classic Martini

History

The exact origin of the martini is unclear. Numerous cocktails with names and ingredients similar to the modern-day martini were first seen in bartending guides of the late 19th century.

“Modern-tini”

Some newer drinks include the word “martini” or the suffix “-tini” in the name (e.g., appletini, peach martini, chocolate martini, espresso martini). These are named after the martini cocktail glass they use and generally contain vodka but share little else in common with the drink. The closest relation and best known of these is the “vodka martini”.