The birth of the mojito (pronounced mo-hee-toh) is believed to have taken place in Cuba, Havana, as far back as the 16th century. Traditionally, the mojito is a cocktail – an alcoholic drink prepared with white rum, soda, sugarcane juice, lime juice and spearmint. Over the years, though, the mojito has become a highly popular drink the world over, and it is one of India’s favourite drinks today. Several different versions of the mojito, using different ingredients, have been developed by bartenders across the world, some of them highly imaginative and unique. My personal favourite version is a simple non-alcoholic mojito (called ‘Virgin Mojito’), made with lemon and mint.
For today’s post, I have tried to give a few slight twists to this simple Mint & Lemon Mojito. I have used raw cane sugar instead of refined sugar syrup, and added in some powdered Hajmola. The powdered digestives add such a lovely kick to this drink! Do try out this Virgin Mojito With A Twist this summer, and let me know how you liked it!
Ingredients (for 1 Mason jar of Mint & Lemon Mojito):
- Juice of 1-1/2 lemon, or to taste
- 1/4 cup chilled water
- 4 ice cubes, or as needed
- About 15 leaves of fresh mint
- 4-5 tablespoons raw cane sugar, or to taste
- Chilled Sprite or 7-Up, as required
- 4-5 Hajmola, or to taste
1. Crush the Hajmola to a powder, using a mortar and pestle. Keep aside.
2. Take the raw cane sugar and chilled water in a Mason jar. Mix well.
3. Add in the mint leaves. Muddle the mint leaves with the back of a spoon, to release their flavour.
4. Add in the ice cubes.
5. Fill up enough chilled Sprite or 7-Up to top up the Mason jar.
6. Add the powdered Hajmola to the Mason jar. Mix well and serve immediately.
1. Refined sugar or a simple sugar syrup can be used in place of raw cane sugar. Alternatively, you could use jaggery too.
2. Plain soda can be used in place of Sprite or 7-Up. You might want to increase the quantity of sweetener that you use, in that case. Personally, I prefer making this Virgin Mojito With A Twist with Sprite or 7-Up.
3. Basil can be used in place of mint, to add a different dimension of flavour to the mojito.
4. Increase or decrease the quantity of sweetener, Sprite or 7-Up, Hajmola, water and ice cubes that you use in the mojito, depending upon your personal taste preferences.
5. Jaljeera masala or pani poori masala can also be used in this Virgin Mojito With A Twist, instead of powdered Hajmola. Alternatively, a mix of cumin powder, amchoor powder and chaat masala can also be used. You could use any other powdered digestive instead, as well.
6. Don’t miss out on the muddling of the mint leaves in the lemon juice and chilled water, using the back of a spoon. This is an important step, which releases flavour from the mint leaves into the water. Alternatively, you could grind the mint leaves slightly before adding them to this Virgin Mojito With A Twist.
7. Use water that has been chilled in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, for best results. The same goes for the Sprite or 7-Up that you use.
What do you think of this recipe? Do let me know, in your comments!
This recipe is for the Foodie Monday Blog Hop. The theme for the week is ‘Mocktails’.