Cocktail Journal January 2017
No need for postcards, just cocktails.
Who’s up for a drink?
Not just any drink but a cocktail?
Well, you have come to the right place. Here at no need for postcards, I’m going to be bringing you a cocktail post every month. I’ll attempt to make a classic cocktail or one of my own creation and share some interesting cocktail facts with you.
To end January the cocktail I have made is a Mojito. My January has been a busy start to the year: job interview, astronomy society presentation and a peak period at work. I definitely need a good cocktail.
There are differing stories as to the origins of the Mojito. Cuba claims to be the Mojitos birth place during the 1500’s. South American Indians were known for creating remedies for diseases and for one they used sugar cane juice, aguarediente de cana, mint leaves and limes with tonic water that was effective.
African slaves were possibly the ones responsible for the drinks common name.
Either way, the cocktail is over 500 years old! Whoever history chooses to believe, it is a cocktail that has universal popularity.
What I like about a mojito is the simplicity of its ingredients. Making one is quite straightforward. The mint adds a lovely freshness, plus the drinks lower volume of alcohol makes it easy to drink (my preference anyway). I have most of the tools for making a cocktail but for a Mojito, you won’t need any of that.
- 1 tablespoon of white sugar (or 1 sugar cube)
- 1 ½ oz of white rum
- 2 oz of either lime or lemon juice (2 lemons or limes needed)
- Leaves from 1 sprig of mint
- Soda water
- Place the sugar and mint into a glass and crush together
- Add the lime or lemon juice. Mix then leave for a few minutes
- Add a few ice cubes
- Pour in the white rum and stir
- Top up with soda water and serve
And as easy as that you have a Mojito.
Check out the next cocktail at the end of February when I will be attempting my own cocktail creation with a red theme for valentines. Cheers!
Are you a cocktail fan?
Do you make cocktails?
Do you like a Mojito?
Have you hosted a cocktail party?
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