Do Mojito, Don’t Mojito
Growing up in Miami Beach, mojitos are probably my favorite mixed drink and his rules are ones that should be followed.
Here’s his list.
Do use crushed ice in your mojitos. Crushed ice will melt faster, which is a good thing in a drink with such strong flavors. The extra surface area of crushed ice also means a colder drink.
Do not use a pre-made mojito mix out of a bottle. This is one drink you want to do right.
Do use this recipe to make yourself a mojito at home.
Do not over-muddle the mint, or muddle the lime with the ice cubes. These are strictly amateur moves.
Do try Bacardi rum in your mojitos. For many of us, it is the closest thing we can get to real Cuban rum.
Do not use dark or gold rum in your mojitos. They can muddy the flavor tremendously.
Do use bottled mineral water in place of seltzer water. Remember, garbage in, garbage out.
Do not order a mojito when there is a line at the bar. Your bartender is probably not going to put a lot of love into it. In fact, you might get just the opposite.
Do order a mojito when the bar is slow. Your bartender will appreciate having an intricate cocktail to make. And if he/she doesn’t? Fuck ‘em.
Do not have ten mojitos tonight. At around 150 calories each, that’s like 1500 calories, there, fatty.
Do order a mojito from a reputable bartender at a reputable bar.
Do not order a mojito at a dance club, sports bar, drink stand, airport bar, OTB saloon, chain restaurant or fraternity house. You’re just going to end up being disappointed.
Do order a mojito on a warm summer evening.
Do not order a mojito when the weather is below 70°F. This is almost as bad as ordering a Bloody Mary after the sun has gone down.
Do slowly sip a mojito and enjoy the way the flavors meld over time.
Do not slurp down a mojito in less time than it took your bartender to make it. You’re probably already on the back burner for ordering it in the first place, and it’s going to be a while before you’re allowed another.
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