Muddling is a great technique to release flavour and aromas from your ingredients and it is a vital skill to know when creating some classic serves, such as a mojito or caipirinha. So let’s take a look at how to ensure your ingredients are muddled to perfection…

Essential tools for muddling

First of all the tools – here’s what you need in order to perfect your muddling technique:

Muddler

Wood, stainless steel or plastic, with or without teeth.

Mixing glass

A toughened glass strong enough to withstand the firm action required to crush tougher ingredients, such as fresh ginger. This glass can be a mixing glass but you can also use a Collins or rocks glass.

Top tips for muddling

Practise your muddling!

Now put everything you have learnt into practice with this mojito recipe.

Mojito

50ml CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE RUM

100ml Soda water

25ml Sugar syrup

7 Mint leaves

2 Lime wedges

METHOD

Using a muddler, press the mint leaves, lime wedges and sugar syrup in a highball glass to squeeze out the juices.

Add crushed ice to the glass.

Pour in CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE RUM and soda water.

Stir vigorously until all of the ingredients are mixed.

Top with more crushed ice, throw in a straw and garnish with a mint sprig.

(2 standard drinks – 1.9 units per serve)

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