Adventures in Cocktails – Mojito Day with Bacardi in Quebec City

Happy Mojito Day!

When it comes to summertime cocktails, mojitos can’t be beat. The drink is sweet, tart, refreshing, and delightfully simple to make. The classic mojito is made with only 5 ingredients: rum, sugar, lime, sparkling water, and mint.

The mojito’s simplicity is tied to its origins. When rum was invented in Cuba centuries ago, Cubans called it “aguardiente de caña” (translating roughly to “fire water”). As the name implies, early days rum was harsh and challenging to drink even for the most hardened and thirsty of men. The trick was to use what was readily available to make the spirit more palatable. Water and sugar were added to start. Then lime for taste as well as for Vitamin C (scurvy was rampant back in those days).

When the days of prohibition took over the U.S., Cuba became a popular destination for cocktail lovers. To cater to their new found classier clientele, Cuban bartenders had to dress up the casual rum drink of the farmer and laborer set. They added carbonated water, mint and ice, and served in a chic glass. The cocktail now merited a name:  the mojito. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Since we knew we would be in Quebec City for Festival D’Ete on Mojito Day, we decided to take our cocktail experimentation on the road with us. With some locally sourced ingredients, and some tips from our friends at Bacardi, we’ve created some recipes for you below:

The Classic

Ingredients:
  • 2oz Bacardi Superior White Rum
  • 8 Mint leaves
  • Juice of half Lime
  • teaspoon sugar (to taste)
  • Top with Sparkling Water

Procedure: Build in Glass, slap mint leaves to release flavor, stir gently
Garnish: Lime Wheel

 

The Maple Mojito

Ingredients:
  • 2oz Superior White Rum
  • 8 Mint leaves
  • Juice of half Lime
  • teaspoon Quebecois Maple Syrup
  • Top with Maple Water

Procedure: Build in Glass
Garnish: Mint stem, sprinkle with brown sugar

 

 

Le Mojito Fraise Quebecois

Ingredients:
  • 2oz Bacardi Superior White Rum
  • handful of Quebecois strawberries
  • 8 Mint leaves
  • Juice of half Lime
  • Top with Sparkling Water

Procedure: Muddle Strawberries in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add ice. Top with limejuice, sparkling water. Slap mint leaves to release flavor. Gently stir.

Garnish: Strawberry slice.

Do you have a cool mojito recipe? Share it with us on twitter at @weraddicted or on instagram at @weraddictedmag. Enjoy!

Please drink responsibly.

This post is in partnership with Bacardi and Addicted Inc.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet. Nadia has written for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada, and was a weekly columnist for Don't Believe a Word I Say. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder, Managing Editor and resident Music lover (and editor) for Addicted.
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