Making custom cocktails this Mojito Day with Bacardi

It’s Mojito Day and every year we like to have some fun with the classic cocktail.  Because the mojito is such a simple drink, all it takes is a little imagination and a few additional ingredients to make a mojito that’s all your own.

(*header image by Sanah Suvarna (@sanahsuvarna))

The mojito was born many years ago in Cuba, where farmers and labourers would add sugar, lime and water to make their rum (or “aguardiente de caña” – the name for an early iteration of the spirit) easier to drink.  These days we like to make our mojitos with Bacardi rum, which is plenty easy to drink, but just as easy to have fun with in a cocktail.

 

To get you started, here’s the Barcardi approved OG mojito recipe:

 

The Classic Bacardi Mojito

Glassware: Highball

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 sugar cubes
  • Top with sparkling water

Procedure: Build in Glass. Ensure that you slap the mint leaves rather than muddle them to release their flavour.

Garnish: Lime Wheel or wedge, Mint stem

 

Now it’s time to get those creative cocktail juices flowing.  We’ve got 3 different ways you can make your very own version of the mojito, and recipes for each to help you get inspired.

 

1. Add fresh fruit

There’s something about adding fresh fruit to a mojito that just takes it to the next level.  The added sweetness or tartness (depending on the fruit you choose) adds another dimension to the refreshing drink, and the added splash of colour just says summer to me.  This particular recipe was inspired by a trip to cottage country, where fresh mint grew by the lake and homegrown Ontario strawberries were plentiful. Substitute a different kind of fruit to make this cocktail your very own.

 

The Cottage Country Mojito

Glassware: Mason Jar
Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro De Ron Rum
  • 1 tsp Canadian Maple Syrup(increase or decrease to taste)
  • 2 Strawberries sliced
  • 1oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 Lime Wheels
  • Splash of sparkling water

Procedure: Build in Glass
Garnish: Mint, Strawberry

 

 

2. Try a different kind of rum

As you can even see in the recipes above, you can change the rum in your mojito to make it exactly to your taste.  Rather than the traditional white rum mojito, try a gold, dark or spiced rum to give your drink more depth and complexity of flavour while retaining the refreshing quality that the classic cocktail is known for.

 

Bacardi Black Mojito

Glassware: Rocks glass

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Bacardi Black Rum
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1-2 tsps raw cane or coconut sugar (increase or decrease to taste)
  • Top with Sparkling water

Procedure: Build in Glass. Ensure that you slap the mint leaves rather than muddle them to release their flavour.

Garnish: Lime wedge, mint leaves.

 

 3. Switch up your syrups

Syrups are a great way to easily and effectively customize the flavour of a cocktail.  You can obtain different speciality syrups from a shop specializing in mixology (yes, those exist) or you can make your own easily at home.  All you need is a pot to boil water, sugar and whatever base flavour you’re trying to infuse into your cocktail.  Use different herbs, spices, even fruits and vegetables to create your own collection of syrups for your cocktail creation needs.

Bacardi Cardamom Mojito

Glassware: Highball

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 1oz cardamom syrup (1/4 cup cardamom pods, 1 L boiling water and an equal volume of sugar)
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1oz fresh lime juice

Procedure: Build in glass. Muddle mint leaves with cardamom syrup and lime juice. Blend in rum. Fill glass with crushed ice and top with soda.

Garnish: fresh mint leaves.

 

Do you have your own mojito recipe that you’re super proud of?  Share it with us at on social media @weraddicted (or @weraddictedmag if the ‘gram is your jam).  Happy Mojito Day!

 

This post is a paid partnership between Addicted Media Inc. and Bacardi.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder and North American Editor for ADDICTED.
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