How to Make a Mojito Cocktail

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare a variation on the classic Cuban cocktail, the Mojito.

Released on 11/11/2008

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

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Hi I'm Eben Freeman at Tailor Restaurant in New York City.
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The mojito, the little drink from Cuba
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that became a global sensation.
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Ordered from Moscow to Minsk.
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Let's start with the glass.
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We're gonna use one ounce of fresh lime juice.
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And two teaspoons of plain sugar.
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I think it's important to use sugar here
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to give that a sort of sherbet-y quality
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that's a little different from using a simple syrup.
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Just stir the sugar and lime to
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dissolve that sugar in the lime juice.
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Next we're gonna need crushed ice.
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Crushed ice is very important to this drink.
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Not only does it chill it down really fast,
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but it's also important because it keeps
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all of that mint in the drink down at
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the bottom rather than rising to the top.
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Simply take some of that machine ice
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or cheater ice, as we call it.
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Put it under your tin.
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And then take your muddler,
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usually this end is what you'll want to use.
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Cup your hand over it, so the
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ice doesn't go flying everywhere.
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And then just beat the hell out of it.
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Just gonna take a little bit of that ice at first.
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And put that in the glass.
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And this is where the mint comes through.
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What you want to do is take a nice mint sprig
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and first take off your garnish piece.
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Which is the sexy little piece at the top.
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Break that off and reserve it.
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Then you take your little leaves off, like this.
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And then when you take it off,
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don't just rip it off the stem.
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You actually want to use your fingernail
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and snip it off right at the base
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so that you don't rip the leaf.
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Now what you want to do is gather up about
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10 to 12 leaves, depending on how big your leaves are.
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And just rub them right on the rim of the glass.
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That way that fragrance is gonna be right there
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at the nose and on the lips when you go in for it.
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Then just tear the leaves in half,
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put them in the glass, and then stir that.
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Again we're not muddling it here.
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Just mix that around a little bit
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to further dissolve that sugar that's in there
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and flavor the lime juice and the sugar with that mint.
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Next you're gonna add your spirit,
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which is two ounces of white rum.
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Then you're gonna fill your glass with that crushed ice.
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Now as you see here, there isn't much room left
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in the glass, and that's a good thing actually.
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Because the biggest mistake people make with a mojito
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is by putting too much soda water
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in there and drowning out that flavor.
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Soda water is just meant to be a little splash
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to add a little bit of effervescence to the drink,
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not meant to turn it into a watered down drink.
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So just give a little bit of soda at the end.
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And then a very delicate stir, so you don't
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crush that carbonation that's in there.
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And then you're really just gonna fill
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the whole glass with that mint.
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And if you are drinking this drink,
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don't make the mistake of stabbing it
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and muddling it with your straw.
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You're gonna crush the carbonation, and send the mint down.
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Really you want that mint right on the nose as you drink it.
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So leave it like that.
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Again, this is really a very simple drink
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that's now become a global phenomenon, the mojito.