Last Updated September 7th, 2021 at 09:23 am by Lisa

Straight from my trip to Cuba, this Mojito is 100% an authentic Cuban mojito! Learn the secret ingredient in these famous Cuban cocktails and what secrets make them totally authentic.

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I love Cuba! And visited the country in January 2016. Besides the lifelong friendships I made, this recipe is the best souvenir and this recipe post has a lot of photos I took in Cuba so enjoy…

Real Cuban Mint Mojitos poured into four glasses with Cuban cigars nearby.

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How To Make REAL Cuban Mint Mojitos:

Start with lime juice and mint

Step 1: In each glass: add 2 teaspoons white cane sugar, and the juice of half a lime. In Cuba, they don’t place the lime into the glass, just the lime juice!

A Cuban bartender making mint mojitos adding sugar and lime juice to each glass first.

STEP 2: Next place one long mint stem into each glass and simply muddle (push down and twist) the bottom of the mint stem only NOT THE MINT LEAVES into the sugar and lime juice.

Two reasons for this: one you don’t get a strong bitter taste when you over muddle the mint leaves, and they stay pretty and green not brown and bruised.

This PRO TIP came from the bartenders we met on our trip and was confirmed with my good friend Abel who is a Cuban travel guide, and trust me, he knows a thing or two about mojitos!

My Cuban Culinary Adventure making mojitos

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Add rum, bitters and ice

  • Next, add 1 shot white rum, 3 drops aromatic bitters.

PRO TIP: Use good white rum from the US or Puerto Rico, Cubans typically use Havana Club 3 year white rum~ but we can’t get that here in the USA, the Europeans and many countries in the world can so enjoy the real experience if you can get your hand on authentic Cuban rum.

A Havana Club glass from Cuba with an ice cold mint mojito cocktail and garnished with a sprig of mint.

Why can’t you get real Cuban Rum in the US?

When you travel to Cuba and YES you can travel to Cuba as a US Citizen, you are limited on what you can bring back from Cuba. You are allowed up to $100 worth of cigars and/or alcohol like Cuban Rum. The other rule is you have to carry it back, no shipping is allowed.

Source: Daily Beast

The US government does not allow Cuban Rum to be imported due to the trade embargo from the 1960s. Cuban products are widely available in Europe and other parts of the world. If and when the United States becomes a more active trading partner with Cuba, then Rum would be high on the list of things to import from Cuba along with Cigars!

What Mint for Mojitos?

Real Cuban Mint Mojitos upclose mint top of glass

Yerba Buena and Mojito Mint are used interchangeably in the popular cocktail, particularly in Havana, Cuba because they have a similar flavor.

Mojito Mint, Mentha x villosa, was brought to North America from Cuba about 15 years ago. Up until 2005 or 2006 this mint was rare and hard to get outside of Cuba.

Secrets to REAL AUTHENTIC Cuban Mojitos:

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So the first secret to making your mojitos as the Cubans do is to use aromatic bitters! It balances out the sweetness of the mint and sugar. The brand I use is called Angostura, a product from the Caribbean islands that you can easily find in the US and globally.

Secondly, there is a trick to muddling the mint. Normally mudding results in brown smashed mint leaves in the drink which is not pretty or tasty.

PRO TIP: Simply muddle (push down and twist) the bottom of the mint stem into the sugar and lime juice. And finally, they didn’t leave the lime peel in the glass, which makes the drink a little bitter due to lime peel.

People have asked about the best way to see Cuba. Easy, go with Mary Drobny and her company is Cultural Journeys. Mary is adored by the Cubans, lives there part-time, and is kinda “famous” in Cuba. Hey, they knew her at the airport when I landed, and she has friends all over the country!

Go to Cuba, it is amazing. The cars and cigars are great, but the people, food, art, and architecture will delight you!

All The Best,

Lisa XO

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