DIY Cocktail Recipe: Ginger Mojito Pitcher
So, you are thinking about having a big outdoor summer party and you want to come up with a good cocktail idea that most of your guest will like. It’s not like you want to have a bar going where there are a variety of choices to pick from, although that’s a great idea for many guests, it can be something that can take you away from your own party and from having fun. So, it’s always a good idea to come up with a cocktail that pretty much everyone will enjoy and can be made in large quantities like the Ginger Mojito Pitcher. This Mojito cocktail recipe is a very easy recipe to create and serve a crowd of people and this version of the Mojito was actually inspired by the TV series House of Cards. Before we get onto this Ginger Mojito Pitcher cocktail let’s take a look back at the Mojito itself and take a look at it’s history. You might be surprised what you discover about this extremely popular cocktail.
To start with, the Mojito is actually one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails and the name actually comes from the African word mojo and this means “to place a little spell”. Maybe that’s why it’s so popular because this little drink can cast a little spell on people. It is said that the legendary American author Ernest Hemingway really loved Mojitos and he could be the one that helped make them famous while he was staying at Havana’s La Boguedito del Medio and while he stayed in Key West, Florida where Mojitos run wild.
The Mojito cocktail has become the signature staple in both Latin and American cuisine by incorporating wonderful fresh ingredients like lime, mint, rum and sugar. There are a variety of versions that include passion fruit as well and this is usually very popular during the summer months.
People love Mojitos probably because they are a combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavors and it quickly became the perfect complement for the hot and sticky weather you’ll find in Caribbean areas and the fact that it includes one of the world’s very first distilled spirits, rum which is made from sugarcane. Mojitos rose to the top of the cocktail list in Havana and became the cocktail of choice in Havana and it has remained at the top to this very day.
Legend has it that the very first Mojito like cocktail was created in Havana by an English pirate by the name of Richard Drake in 1586, he was said to have made a drink called El Draque which was made from a forerunner of rum called aguardiente, sugar, lime and mint. Not only was this a favorite cocktail by many visitors after the word got out, it also ended up being used for medicinal purposes.
So by making this Ginger Mojito Pitcher for your guests, not only will you be serving them a refreshing cocktail but a lot of fun history to talk about while enjoying it.
Here’s what you’ll need for the Ginger Mojito Pitcher cocktail:
30 mint leaves
1 shot stem ginger syrup
1 750ml bottle of light rum
1L ginger ale
Juice and pulp of 8 limes
- Bruise your mint leaves and put them in a large jug.
- Mix the syrup and the lime before you add the rum and ginger ale.
- Add the rum and ginger ale and add the bruised mint leaves to pitcher.
- Serve over glass filled with lime slices and ice and top it off with a mint sprig.
When bruising the mint leaves try to use a pestle and mortar or the end of a wooden rolling pin or the handle of a wooden spoon and then hit the mint leaves firmly with a quick tap until the leaves become darker in color and look wilted. The reason that you want to bruise the mint leaves you are using in the Ginger Mojito Pitcher recipe is to help release the natural oils of the mint leaves for a really tasty Mojito cocktail.