THE PERFECT MOJITO EXISTS AND HERES HOW TO MAKE IT
Some drinks are easier to make than others. Take a Manhattan, for example. As long as you measure (which you should always do, no matter what the “experts" claim) and stick to the right ratios, it just takes some basic technique to make a perfect cocktail.
When a drink doesn't have precise measurements, however, the whole thing can go astray. Too strong. Not strong enough. Too sweet. Too Sour. Etc. Etc. No drink exemplifies those problems more than the Mojito.
A typical mojito involves a cut lime, a bit of sugar, a bunch of mint leaves that get muddled to death, and a free-pour of rum. The result is almost always too sweet, not sweet enough, too watered down, or burning with alcohol. Not only do they completely differ from bar to bar, a bartender might make two in a row that are worlds apart. That's because the mojito has always been shared as a technique-dependent drink rather than a real recipe. That's dumb.
It's time to rescue the mojito from the poor treatment it has received over the decades, and luckily, our friend, Jason O'Bryan, did just that. After exhaustively testing each component, he created what we can confirm is the best mojito you'll ever have.
A note about Jason. He's one of the top bartenders in San Diego, but we knew him back when he was just a drinker with a writing problem. He knows a ton about drinking and drink-making now, thanks to the fabulous Misty Kalkofen at the fantastic Green Street.
You'll notice a few things in this recipe that may appear to be downright mojito heresy. Well, they are. And for good reason – they make the drink much better.
Here are the biggest changes:
Lime juice, not pieces of lime: This way you know exactly how much juice goes in, and there's some fancy science involved. No pinches of sugar: That's imprecise and also a good way to guarantee some sugar stays undissolved in the drink.
No. Muddling. That may sound crazy, but there are two reasons why this works:
You get a fresher mint flavor.
It looks better, and you don't have bits of mint hogging all the attention by getting clogged in your straw