Who doesn’t love a mojito? Minty, citrusy, sweet, refreshing and with a good kick of rum, mojitos are popular for a reason. While it seems like a simple cocktail – usually lime, sugar, mint and rum – nobody can agree on the best way to make it. Lemon or lime? White sugar or brown? Spearmint or peppermint? Sparkling water or tonic? And that’s not to mention the dizzying array of variants: with strawberries, coffee liqueur, chocolate, watermelon…the combinations are endless. Without claiming which type of mojito is best – after all, it’s up to personal taste – today we’ll investigate the best rum for mojitos depending on the flavour profile you want to create.
A Rum for Every Mojito
The first thing you have to think about is what you want to achieve with your mojito. Do you want to make a refreshing mojito? A sweet mojito? A citrusy mojito? The ingredients and their flavours determine the style of your mojito, and because rum‘s the main ingredient, it’s worth taking some time to make your selection.
In bitter mojitos, the predominating aromas and flavours come from ingredients such as tonic, lime or lemon zest and angostura bitters. These are the most original mojitos because that touch of bitterness makes the combination much more refreshing. In this case, if you want to accentuate the bitterness, you should use a white rum with very light flavours, such as Bacardi rum. Keep in mind that rum is one of the sweetest distillates, so any rum with a strong flavour could make the drink lose its bitter profile.
These are mojitos in which the main flavours are sweet, such as syrup or fruit purée, chocolate, passion fruit, figs, or even a splash of sweet cava. These are mojitos that, if accompanied by a very sweet rum, can be excessively cloying, but they do need a full-bodied rum, so as not to lose consistency. One of the best options is Barceló rum, a dark rum full of nuances.
The original mojito is an exceptional combination of the bitterness of sparkling water or soda and the acidity of lime or lemon. It’s fresh and a lot of fun. In the case of the sour mojito, you can replace the soda with still water, or add pineapple chunks, grapefruit and other sour tropical fruits. Either a sweet rum to save on sugar or a strong white rum will do the trick. An ideal candidate is Bacardi Limón – especially designed for this type of mix.
This type of mojito is very popular in Bermuda, Martinique and Jamaica. Pepper, juniper, ginger or coffee can be used instead of peppermint and macerated with citrus juice. In these cases, Captain Morgan’s rums will spice up your standard mojito.
We hope this article has helped you find the best type of rum for your next mojito. Now get inspired by some of our most delicious rums!
Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Sara Rodrigo’s original Spanish article: El mejor ron para un mojito.