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How to make a Mojito cocktail

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Mojitos have become hugely popular over the past few years. So much so that most bartenders’ hearts sink when you order it at the bar because they can take a while to make! Still, this combination of sour, sweet, mint and rum is popular for a reason.
What you'll need: 
20ml sugar syrup (or 3 tsp of white/demerera sugar)
20ml lime juice
10 mint leaves
50ml white or gold rum
Dash soda water
Muddler (a rolling pin will do)
Crushed ice (use a rolling pin to crush ice in a plastic bag)
Tall glass
Muddle the sugar and lime juice into a paste using a muddler or the end of a rolling pin.
Add the rum, mint leaves and crushed ice.
Churn the mixture up with a spoon pulling the mint leaves up and down through the ice.
Add more crushed ice.
Finish with a splash of soda water.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.
You can make any variety of mojito by adding in fresh fruit and swapping 12.5ml of the rum for a liqueur (such as Chambord for a raspberry mojito).
Smack the sprig of mint against your hand before using it to garnish the drink. This will release the oils and as you drink the smell of mint will enhance the taste.


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