Cuba Libre and Mojito – Recipes

i Keep Thinking about: Cuba Libre and Mojito Recipes

(Presented by one of the world’s best bartender – Alex Shtifanov)

Recipes – International Bartenders Association (IBA) specified ingredients:

CUBA LIBRE: (approx 144 Calories with Coke Zero)

12 cL (4 oz) Cola
5 cL (1.7 oz) Light Rum
1 cL (0.33 oz) Fresh lime juice

Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: lime wedge
Standard drink-ware Collins glass
Preparation Build all ingredients in a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Accounts of the invention of the Cuba Libre vary.
One account claims that the drink (Spanish for Free Cuba) was invented in Havana, Cuba around 1901/1902.
Patriots aiding Cuba during the Spanish–American War—and, later, expatriates avoiding Prohibition—regularly mixed rum and cola as a highball and a toast to this Caribbean island.

MOJITO: (242 calories approx)

– 4 cl (1.35 oz) White Rum
– 3 cl (1 oz) Fresh lime juice
– 6 sprigs of Mint
– 2 teaspoons Sugar
– Soda Water

Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: sprig of mint (Yerba buena in the original recipe), lemon slice
Standard drink-ware Collins Glass

Preparation Muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice. Add a splash of soda water and fill the glass with cracked ice. Pour the rum and top with soda water. Garnish and serve with straw.

Havana, Cuba, is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. 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 flavour dishes. Another theory is that the name Mojito is simply a derivative of mojadito (Spanish for “a little wet”), the diminutive of mojado (“wet”). Due to the vast influence of immigration from the Canary Islands, the term probably came from the mojo creole marinades adapted in Cuba using citrus (as opposed to traditional Isleno types).

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