Mojito one of the cocktails most famous in the world and seems that the name came from the word voodoo "Mojo" which means Enchantment (spell). The invention of the Mojito is due to the Cuban barman Angel Martínez, manager of the famous bar "La Bodeguita del Medio", located in Havana, said to have mixed the cocktail until he was tired.
The place was frequented by famous writer Ernest Hemingway, who was a great admirer of the Mojito, and who used to consume only here, as according to him, was artfully prepared before the cocktail conquered great movie stars like Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, and Sophia Loren. Keep in mind that a mojito served in the winter may appear bitter because of mint, and it is important that the mint is fresh.
For this, it is best to consume the Mojito in the summer, during the months when the mint is more mature and less harsh. It is served cold and has a very pungent taste due to the combination of the freshness of mint and very strong taste of rum. There is also a non-alcoholic version of this called Virgin Mojito: rum is replaced with sprite, seven-up or ginger-ale. But how do you prepare the Cuban mojito?
50 ml white rum
2 tsp sugar
5 fresh mint leaves
Soda water to taste
1 Lime juice
In a long drink glass, place the mint leaves and sugar by serving a pestle mash against the side of the glass so as to give off the aroma of mint.
Add the juice of lime about 1/5 of the drink and pound for a few seconds, then fill the ice cubes, add the rum, carbonated water, and finally a splash of soda, stir in a circular fashion and serve garnished with a sprig of mint.
Shelled prawn tails or peeled shrimps: 500 gm
A rind of lime or lemon
A few peppercorns
Canned tomato juice or canned undiluted tomato soup: 1cup
Very finely minced spring onions: 1tablespoon
Crisp lettuce leaves: 6-8
Tomato ketchup: 2 tablespoon
Mayonnaise: 2 tablespoon
Freshly ground black pepper: 1tablespoon
Double cream: 2 cups
Salt: to taste
Boil the shelled prawn tails or the peeled shrimps will do as well. Always add a rind of lemon, a few peppercorns, and salt to taste when boiling fish or shellfish. Mix together the tomato juice or tomato soup, spring onions, tomato ketchup, mayonnaise if required. Refrigerate for several hours. To serve cut the lettuce leaves into thin strips. Place at the bottom of 6 large cocktail glasses. Add a few drops of tabasco sauce and spoon into cool glasses.