In collaboration with THE HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA®. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Taste of Koko!
It’s still really hot in Texas and it’s going to be warm for a couple more months so I’m still pouring summery cocktails at home. Today I’m going to show you how to make one of my favorite cocktails, the mojito. I had my first mojito in Miami at a Cuban restaurant and it was such a refreshing relief from the hot, humid weather!
SEE ALSO: Queen’s Park Swizzle Cocktail Recipe
Mojitos are one of my favorite summer cocktails because they are so refreshing and easy to make at home. The mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail that consists of rum, sugar, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, and soda that’s served over ice. This mojito recipe is elevated with apple juice, ginger beer, and ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters.
ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters counteract the sharp taste of acidic ingredients and subdues the pronounced flavors of spirits, which makes it the perfect ingredient to balance summer cocktails!
With just a few dashes, ANGOSTURA® aromatic and orange bitters transform summery mixed drinks into beloved warm-weather cocktails and menu mainstays, from spritzes to tiki inventions.
You can purchase ANGOSTURA® bitters at your local grocery stores and liquor retailers. Head to angosturabitters.com to find more great recipes for year-round cocktail enjoyment.
HOW TO MAKE A MOJITO STEP-BY-STEP
- 1 ¾ oz ANGOSTURA 7-Year Gold Rum, or gold rum of choice
- 3 dashes ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- ½ oz fresh lime juice, freshly squeezed
- ½ oz simple syrup
- ¾ oz apple juice
- Ginger beer
MOJITO HOW TO MAKE
STEP ONE: Place all ingredients (except for the ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters) lime juice, ginger beer, and apple juice) in a highball glass. Add your favorite rum–I’m using ANGOSTURA® 7 Year Old Rum but this can also be made with ANGOSTURA 5-Year-Old Rum
STEP TWO: Muddle mint gently to extract flavor.
Place mint leaves in the bottom of the glass and use a wooden cocktail muddler to gently mash the mint a few times to release the juices. Do not mash the mint into a pulp!
STEP THREE: Add the apple juice and some crushed ice.
STEP FOUR: Gently stir the drink and top up with ginger beer.
You can top off with club soda but I think ginger beer is better.
STEP FIVE: Add three dashes of ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters.
ANGOSTURA aromatic and orange bitters create remarkable flavor and aroma within any beverage. Both bitters provide balance to the strong profiles of spirits or the tart notes of citrus, adding depth and complexity to traditional summer cocktail ingredients.
STEP SIX: Garnish with mint sprigs and apple fan.
KOKO TIP: Slap the mint sprigs-this warms up the mint and extracts the minty oils.