How to Make a Mojito – #HappyHourDDU

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Fridays at 5pm is your time to sit back, relax and let me fix you up something nice and strong because we both know you deserve it. I’m going to show you how to make some of the classic drinks and cocktails, properly, whether it be a Margarita, a Mojito, a Daquiri, a Martini or a damned good G&T. My alcohol stocks have been topped up and I’ve been practising hard, all in the name of cocktail perfection.

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How To Make A Mojito

I can actually remember having my first Mojito over a decade ago and it was quickly followed by Mojito number 2, 3 and 4. A Cuban friend enlightened me on the art of making a traditional Cuban Mojito and it’s a little different to what we get here. Whilst we are served a small forest of mint which usually ends up getting stuck in between our teeth, the Cuban version opts for one sprig of mint to stir the drink and that’s your lot, I think it gives you a more refreshing finish.


1 part lime juice
1 dash sugar syrup (you can buy or make it – stirring equal volumes of sugar and water together until sugars dissolved)
2 parts golden rum
soda water to top up
1 sprig mint

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Add the lime, sugar syrup and rum in a tall cold glass, fill with crushed ice, top with soda and then stir with the mint, leaving it in the glass.

Useful Tips – Gently roll the mint with a rolling pin to release the flavour. Roll the lime on your palm applying pressure to release more juice. Use a fresh bottle/can of soda water for maximum fizz. Freeze your rum/glass before making. Stir the drink with the mint spring to infuse flavour.


The Best Mojito In Melbourne – Having ‘researched’ a few venues I put Los Barbudos in Fitzroy at the top of the pile.  The music, the décor and of course the Mojitos will all have you feeling like you’re propping up a cool little back bar in Havana.  

If you’re having a little Happy Hour all of your own, I’d love to see what’s in your glass. Take a pic and share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #HappyHourDDU and we can all get merry together. Are you pro Mojito? What’s your favourite tipple? Happy Happy Hour!

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  • rhian @melbs

    Yum just what the doctor ordered.

    • daddownunder

      I’m not sure the doctor would approve Rhian but it’s definitely what the blogger ordered ; )

  • Chelsea Sutherland

    Very pro mojito in these parts.

    • daddownunder

      Lots of practice Chelsea? Did I do good?

  • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset

    oh man it’s Mojito Friday and I’ve given up alcohol for FebFast! I even have mint and lime in the fridge. I’m fresh outta Bacardi though. I made sure I finished that shit before Feb 1 so I wouldn’t be tempted! :) Enjoy! Have one for me!

    • daddownunder

      February is a terrible time to abstain Aroha, the sun is shining it would be silly not to have a drink BUT well done to you for being disciplined and for finishing that shit before Feb 1. I had two for you, one for luck