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  • Selina Akhtar

    Cocktails are an essential part of any holiday. What could be better than relaxing on the beach with a mojito or strawberry daiquiri in hand? So, in honour of this poolside staple, we’re bringing you a signature cocktail recipe every month, plus a step-by-step video guide showing you how to make them. First up, it’s the mojito…

    This classic Cuban cocktail has been around for much longer than you think – around 500 years to be exact. And, because the simple concoction works so perfectly, it’s still as popular today as it was back in the 16th century when it was first served. Fast forward to today, and you can celebrate said cocktail on 11th July (National Mojito Day) – we’ll cheers to that. It’s made with three ingredients, mint, sugar and rum, and using the right technique is important to get the perfect balance of flavours.

    Watch our video guide below to see how to make the perfect mojito….


    What you’ll need

    Makes one cocktail

    Crushed ice

    1½ limes, cut into wedges

    Fresh mint leaves

    2 tsp brown sugar or 2 tsp of sugar syrup

    50ml Havana Club white rum

    A splash of soda water, to taste

    A fresh mint sprig to garnish

    The step-by-step method

    Place the limes, sugar and mint into a cold, highball glass.

    Muddle (mash) them together with a cocktail spoon to release the lime juice and mint aromas. Make sure you don’t crush or tear the mint leaves as this will make the drink bitter.

    Add crushed ice.

    Top up with white rum. Mix with a cocktail spoon.

    Add a splash of soda water if you fancy for a refreshing kick.

    Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and serve.

    Did you know?

    Mojitos were once used for medicinal purposes thanks to the high concentration of lime juice which contains a lot of vitamin C.

    Where to find the best mojitos on holiday

    The birthplace of the mojito is Havana in Cuba, so of course the lively capital city is the best place to try this traditional drink. The famous La Bodeguita del Medio bar is where the tipple originated, and where Ernest Hemingway enjoyed his, so it’s the one place where you have to make a mojito pit stop if you’re in Havana. You can also try a mojito at Café La Barrita which is an old Barcardi distillery that has been transformed into a trendy Art Deco-style bar. And, there’s also the famous Club Tropicana where you can enjoy the lively bar scene and listen to jazz musicians playing while you drink. Bliss.

    Of course, the Caribbean isn’t the only place where you can enjoy the best mojitos. Although the famous Barcardi brand originated in Cuba, the founder, Don Facundo Bacardi Massó, was actually born in Stiges, Spain. On a trip to Stiges, you can visit the Casa Bacardi museum built in his honour where bartenders will show you how to make a perfect mojito.

    And if you’re Ibiza bound, you’ll be pleased to hear that mojitos are a staple cocktail all over the island. Cap d’es Falco Italian restaurant in Salinas is a firm favourite with locals, while the famous Café Del Mar in San Antonio is the perfect place to grab a mojito while watching the famous Ibizan sunset.

    Enjoy All Inclusive cocktails at our First Choice resorts

    You don’t even need to leave your hotel to enjoy some of the world’s best cocktails. All of our All Inclusive holidays include beer, wine, local drinks and cocktails as standard. What’s included varies by hotel, so you should always check what’s on offer. Our Premier resorts offer rooms with spirit optics and drinks served by poolside butlers, while resorts like the Club Barbados Resort and Spa in Barbados have a special cocktail menu which includes their signature cocktail, the Green Monkey.

    Browse our All Inclusive holidays here and find out more about what’s included on an All Inclusive holiday. And keep an eye on the First Choice blog for the next cocktail of the month: espresso martini.

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