Gin Mojito

If you love an ice cold and refreshing Mojito, just wait until you try one with gin.

Gin Mojito

Pierce Brosnan’s last foray as secret agent James Bond was in the movie Die Another Day. While being financially successful, this film was not a critical darling. Many Bond fans, myself included, kind of stayed away from this adventure for a good long while, as it wasn’t anybody’s favorite. For me, it only took twenty-two years to revisit this entry and rediscover the crazy, all-out bombast it provided. And you know what? I enjoyed it and, dare I say, found myself liking this movie now.

One of my favorite bits is when Bond meets Halle Berry’s amazingly beautiful and dangerous character, Jinx, while in Cuba. Looking equally dapper and relaxed in his Brioni Aloha shirt, 007, undercover as an ornithologist, casually sipped on a delicious-looking mojito while claiming he’s “just here for the birds.” If you’re a hardcore James Bond fan, you get this reference.

My reappraisal of this fun film also got me in the mood for something else… mojitos! And if you’ve followed along with some of my cocktail explorations here at Twist & Toast, you’ll know I love my gin. So I did a little digging to see if my favorite spirit lends itself to this Cuban mixture of mint, lime juice and club soda. Turns out this variation has been around since the 1930s, being mentioned in Cuban Cookery in 1931. In the souvenir menu from Sloppy Joe’s Bar Season 1931-32, the Gin Mojito is listed under both “Bacardi Drinks” and “Gordon’s Dry Gin Cocktails”. Even back then, bartenders knew that this cocktail was flexible enough to have at least a few different tasty versions available.

Another little cool bit of history involving the Gin Mojito is that around the same time, in Prohibition-era Chicago, Al Capone’s gang had a cocktail of their own that was pretty much the same thing. Using lime juice and mint to mask the rough edged taste of their illegal gin (probably made in a bathtub), the Southside was said to be the notorious Capone’s favorite tipple. The only real difference between this drink and a Gin Mojito is the club soda. I write a little about that concoction here, so check it out if you’re curious. (https://twistandtoast.com/southside-cocktail/)

To Muddle or Not to Muddle?

Most definitely muddle! My friends and I do cocktail hour at our home bars every Friday afternoon, and once they asked me if just throwing in the mint for any mojito is as good as muddling. The short answer: Nope. Sure, you’ll get some fresh notes from any sprig you toss in, but taking the time to gently grind those leaves and shake your mixture with them infuses everything with the perfect amount of oils, making your cocktail one of the freshest tasting beverages to ever rush past your lips.

What is the Best Gin to Use in a Gin Mojito?

I’m not one to really shout about any specific brand of alcohol over another, especially when it comes to gin. I love many variations and different styles, and find that some of them work better in specific types of cocktails. In this drink, any good and strong London Dry will be amazing, but also seek out and find a nice seaside botanical-infused gin, like California’s own Gray Whale. Bright, refreshing and crisp, this particular small batch spirit tastes amazing in a Gin Mojito.

Gin Mojito
Servings 1 serving
serving 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 mint leaves plus additional for garnish
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 to 4 ounces soda water
  • Ice for serving (try clear ice!)

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle the mint leaves to release their flavor.
  • Pour in the lime juice, simple syrup, and gin.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, secure the lid, and shake vigorously until the mixture is well-chilled, about 15 seconds.
  • Fill a highball glass with ice, preferably clear ice for an elegant presentation.
  • Strain the chilled gin mixture into the glass over the ice.
  • Top off the glass with soda water to your taste, gently stir to combine.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wedge for a touch of color and extra aroma.
Gin Mojito

FAQs & Tips

Gin Mojito

Gin Mojito Variations

Mojitos are one of the most flexible drinks in the cocktail world, lending itself to a plethora of resplendent and delicious recipes. Twist & Toast has plenty of these to keep your next gathering bumping all night long, or if you’re planning on a chill night at home with a good book. Try out some of these this weekend.

  • Orange Mojito – You’ll never get scurvy with this citrusy take on the classic.
  • Blueberry Mojito – Make yourself this fruity and blueberry-infused treat after a long day for some serious relaxation.
  • Virgin Mojito – Sometimes I’ll take a break from alcohol for a few weeks, and this booze-free cocktail keeps me at the party.
  • Frozen Mojito – Perfect for a summer’s day, either lounging at the beach or hanging out at the poolside bar.

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