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The Best Rum for a Mojito

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The mojito is one of the most popular of all cocktails, and it is undoubtedly the most famous of the rum-based cocktails. However, even cocktail experts cannot agree on the ingredients: Lime or lemon? White or brown sugar? Mint or spearmint? Sparkling water or tonic…?

The matter is complicated further by the many new varieties of the mojito; they are made with strawberries, coffee liqueur, chocolate, watermelon, peppermint… The possible combinations are almost endless, so how do you choose the best rum for the mojito?

There is a rum for each mojito

The first thing you must consider is what type of mojito you are in the mood for. Are you longing for a refreshing mojito, one with a bit more sweetness, perhaps you want a bit of acidity, one with a hearty flavour or warmth? The ingredients and the flavours determine the style of your mojito. The rum is used to combine them all as it is the main ingredient of the drink. Below we present some rums that will match the taste of your cocktail:

  • Bitter Mojito: The dominating flavours in this mojito come from ingredients such as tonic, lemon or lemon zest and angostura or something stronger like tequila. Bitter mojitos resemble the original mojitos the most. But they do not represent the general conception of a classic mojito. The touch of the bitterness makes this cocktail combination more refreshing. If you want to accentuate the bitter touch you should use a white rum with very light aromas, like Bacardi rum. Keep in mind that rum is one of the sweetest spirits and using a rum with more flavour could result in the cocktail losing its bitterness.
  • Sweet Mojito: In this type of mojito the main flavours are sweet. Ingredients range from syrup or smashed red fruit (from strawberries to grenadine), chocolate, passion fruit, figs or perhaps even a splash from a sweet cava. If these types of mojitos are mixed with a sweet rum there is a real risk that the drink will be overly sweet. However, the cocktail does need a medium or full-bodied rum to not lose consistency. One of the best options for a sweeter mojito is Barceló rum, which is a deep rum full of nuances.
  • Sour Mojito: The original mojito is an exceptional combination of the bitterness of sparkling water or soda and the acidity of lime or lemon. The drink is fresh and fun. If you want a sour mojito you can change the soda to still water, or you can add pieces of pineapple, grapefruit or other acidic tropical fruits. Use a sweet rum instead of adding sugar, as well as a powerful white rum. A great choice is the Bacardi Limón, which was developed with this type of mixed cocktail in mind.
  • Spiced Mojito: Mojitos with a bit of spice are very popular in non-Hispanic countries such as Bermuda, Martinique or Jamaica. Here the rums of both old and current English or French colonies are more famous. You can use pepper, juniper, ginger or coffee as a replacement for mint and citrus juice. If this sounds like the mojito for you, we recommend using any of the Captain Morgan rums which will give you a great result and surprise your friends.

White rum or golden rum?

Maybe you already know, but just in case … There are two great types of rum: golden rum, which is aged in oak barrels, and white rum, filtered through coal which results in a colourless spirit.

The golden rum spends more time in the barrel and it obtains a somewhat softer flavour. The colour, on the other hand, will become darker as it ages in the wood. The white rum is usually stronger, even if it is marketed shortly after the distillation process, due to the fact that it spends less time in the barrels.

The history of the mojito

Before we reached the endless number of different mojitos that we enjoy today someone was responsible for inventing this drink for the first time.

The most famous summer cocktail has its origins sometime in the sixteenth century. The Uruguayan-born Corsaario Silvio Suárez Díaz, fuelled by the boredom caused by the solitude on the high seas, gave his crew a mix that would later be baptized as Draquecito by the pirate Francis Draque. This cocktail consisted of moonshine liquor diluted in a little water, some lemon to combat scurvy, aromatic herbs such as mint and a little sugar, which softened the flavour and helped digest the mixture.

Rum distillation was used around a century later, and the rum replaced the moonshine. The resulting drink became what is now our much-loved mojito.

Extra tip

Above you will find just some of our suggestions. But if you prefer a traditional mojito you can find 2 rums below which you can use when making authentic luxurious mojitos. We hope you enjoy them!

Ron Barceló Añejo: Ideal both for drinking on its own, with ice or mixed in drinks.

 

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The Ron Barceló Añejo is a Spanish type’s rum characterized by being fruity with brandy ‘s flavored, notes of raisins and berries.

Brugal Añejo: a golden rum from the Dominican Republic with an alcohol content of 38%.

 

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4 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Help You Stay in Shape

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Do you want to lose some weight but without denying yourself the tasty drink after work? Don’t worry, we here at Uvinum are very familiar with this dilemma. That’s why we present 4 cocktails with a low-calorie count, so you can enjoy Saturday night with your friends and, at the same time, preserve your figure.

1. Spritzer – The Austrian National Drink

The Spritzer, also known as Weinschorle in Germany, is probably the most popular long drink in Austria and is enjoyed at any time of the year. It is a drink made from wine mixed with mineral water and decorated with a slice of lemon. You should use fairly young white wine from the Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder or Chardonnay grape varieties in this popular drink. The ratio of wine to mineral water should be 1:1. This refreshing drink contains just 58 calories per 100ml.

There is yet another advantage to this all-purpose drink: you will minimise the risk of a hangover the next day due to the high content of water in the drink. Enjoy this Austrian classic!

2. Vodka Soda – Simple and Low in Calories

Water + Vodka = Vodka Soda

Of course, it’s not that simple! This cocktail must be mixed properly. First, fill a glass with ice cubes and then add the ingredients. For this low-calorie drink, you need 3 parts of sparkling water and 1 part of vodka. Once it is mixed, decorate the glass with a lime. This cocktail contains only 22 calories per 100ml.

Are you not sure which vodka to use to make this cocktail? We offer you a unique selection on our blog.

3. Martini – Shaken or Stirred?

We all know this famous drink from the James Bond movies, but did you also know that this cocktail belongs in the category of low-calorie alcoholic beverages? The Martini cocktail is a short drink, often enjoyed as an aperitif, and it is usually prepared with vermouth and gin.

One of the best-known Martini cocktails is the Dry Martini. This cocktail is made with London Dry Gin and just a tiny splash of vermouth, as little as possible. And you should never forget the olive that decorates the glass.

Every 100 ml of a Martini Cocktail contains a mere 140 calories! Now you know why James Bond has such a perfect body.

4. Mojito – Greetings from Cuba

The mojito is a low-calorie alternative, unlike many other Cuban cocktails. The mojito was invented in Havana, and this cocktail consists of 5 basic ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugarcane juice), lemon juice, soda and mint. The most important element in the preparation of a mojito is undoubtedly the rum. Uvinum offers a selection of the best rums for your mojito.

The amount of mineral water in this Cuban drink makes it a low-calorie cocktail. ‘The green gold of Cuba’ has only 71 calories per 100ml.

You can find a unique selection of low-calorie options. So, you no longer need to worry about the temptations at the next party. We hope you have fun when trying and enjoying these low-calorie cocktails. And, remember, drink in moderation!

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Delicious Cocktails for your Holidays

 TAGS:undefinedAs daylight makes itself scarce, you might feel like retreating into your home to drink tea under blankets. This also means longer nights and more time to go out and spend time with your friends. A great alternative to fight winter blues and to make the most of your holiday season. Here are some ideas to brighten your social evenings: 

Cranberry Mojitos

What says party better than a mojito and what fruit evokes Christmas better than cranberries? None, that is why Cranberry Mojitos were created for December!

Ingredients for 4 drinks:

  •  8 oz cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 40 mint leaves 
  • 4 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 8 oz of rum
  • Seltzer water

Preparation:

Add the cranberries, sugar and water to a pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes (but do not bring to a boil). Once cold, you can start the making the mojitos: put 10 mint leaves,  and one tbsp of lime juice, and press the leaves to release the mint aromas. Pour 2 oz of rum and 2 oz of the cranberry preparation in the glass. Finally, fill up the glass with the Seltzer water, ice cubes and some fresh cranberries. 

Winter Sangria

Though Sangria is traditionally associated with Summertime, there is no reason to deprive yourself of a fun sangria evening thanks to this spice-rich recipe!

Ingredients for one punch bowl

  • 1 bottle of sweet red wine
  • 1 bottle of apple cider
  • 2 clementines
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate
  • Rosemary for each glass

Preparation

Peel and slice the mandarines and the apples and cut the cranberries in half. Pour the wine, cider and sliced fruits in a large bowl stir to mix the whole and let infuse in a cold place. Serve with ice cubes and a branch of rosemary.

Jingle Juice

The perfect rum-based fruity cocktail to forget the harshness of winter and celebrate the holiday season with friends.

Ingredients for a punch bowl

Citrus Sugar:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Punch:

Preparation

To make the citrus sugar, put all the zests with the sugar, the ginger and the cinnamon, press it to release the aromas and put it to rest. Next, place the citrus sugar in the punch bowl and add the add the juices and nectars while stirring. Pour the alcohol and the sparkling water. Finally, incorporate the freshly sliced fruits into the mix. 

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

The ideal drink if you want to stay awake, savour an original cocktail and enjoy the holiday spirit. Moreover, this drink can be served warm or cold! 

Ingredients

4 oz strong coffee
1 1/2 oz amaretto liqueur
1 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz creme de cocoa
fresh whipped cream
grated chocolate, for garnish

Preparation

Mix and stir the coffee and liqueurs in a glass. Add whipped cream and garnish with grated chocolate.

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The 10 favorite drink of the gay community

 TAGS:What created the recent interest the alcohol industry showed toward the gay community? A new social fight for the industry ? Let?s be honest, the reason of this renewal of consideration is more likely to be laying on the results of a new study that revealed this breaking news: the gay population invests between 6000 and 8000 billion Euros a year in beverages in the UK. In those conditions, satisfying the tastes of this huge market might not be a bad idea. Question is, is there?s any specific ?gay community tastes?? (In terms of cocktails.) Or is it just a new marketing invention? Well, let?s give some credit to the Queerty Web Site and see what those so called favorite drinks are. 

10 – The Margarita. Faithful to his great fame all over the world, the Margarita seems to be consumed within the gay community too. The key to its success definitely is the tequila‘s quality.

9 – Granada Martini: The gay Queerty website affirms that it has been popularized thanks to resemblance with the Cosmopolitan, in term of color.

8 – The Mojito: Despite appearing simple at first, this drink hides a complex equilibrium that is hard to reach. Its Latin origins and its strong taste make it a daring cocktail that is consumed everywhere in the world. The gay community seems to drink it too.
7 ? Égalité (Equity): We already mentioned the launch of this Cremant de Bourgogne specially created for gay weddings. This New York label is known for its heart surrounded by the gay community rainbow.
6 – Dirty Martini is made with a splash of olive juice, and is garnished with olives. It tastes delicious and gives a new facet to the common Martini.

 5 – Appletini: Its flavor is very delicate, thanks to the fruits that are used as a main ingredient.  
4 – Purple Hand Beer: This drink was created in 2011 in Mexico. It is very easy to recognize thanks to the purple hand label.
3 Rosé Wine: The rosé wine is a classic and doesn?t lose its fame thanks to innovating winemakers. For example, the St. Ynez vineyard is only produced by women. Such a great progress needed to be mentioned.
2 – Two-Manhattan: Few cocktails have as much personality as this one.
1- The Cosmopolitan: Is Sex and the City a reference in terms of drinks? Finally the ultimate gay drink cocktail is the Cosmopolitan. Its invention is claimed between Miami and New York but the fact is that since its creation in the late 1980s it never went out of fashion.

Do you think the “gay drinks” really exist? Or is it just a new marketing creation? Anyway, we recommend you two good vodkas in order to try the famous cosmopolitan !

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