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The Ultimate Mango Mojito (virgin).

The Ultimate Mango Mojito (virgin).

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While I did share the video demo for this refreshing virgin Mango Mojito a few months back (during the hot summer), there’s been a lot of requests for the printable version of the recipe. Though this version is ‘virgin’ (safe for kids and those who don’t mess with the rum), you can always add a cup (or more) or your favorite rum and enjoy this as a big-people beverage. If you cannot source a ripe mango, try the frozen section of your grocery store for frozen mango pieces.

You’ll Need…

1 large ripe mango
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 L carbonated water
1/4 cup water (to puree mango)
8-10 mint leave mint leaves
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 limes
1/2 cup sugar (granulated)
orange peel (optional)

Important! If using the orange peel as I mentioned in the list above, try to get an organic orange as the regular ones (North American) in grocery stores may have pesticides and/or covered in a wax-like coating.

Peel and cut the mango into chunks and along with the grated ginger, sugar and water, puree in your blender.

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In a large bowl (or the jug you’ll be serving this in) place the mint leaves, cut one of the limes into pieces and place in there as well.. along with pieces of orange peel (zest).  Then using a pestle as in my case (I don’t have a bar tending kit) press down to bruise everything so they release their natural oils and juices. Now squeeze in the other lime and top with the mango puree.

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All you have to do now is add the carbonated water (chilled) and stir to combine.

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Place a couple mint leaves, a slice or two of orange zest (twist to release the fragrant oils), some crushed ice and top with the virgin mango mojito to serve.

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The Old Man and his Mojito.

The Old Man and his Mojito.

mojito-recipeIt must have been about 8 years ago, we were doing a walking tour of Havana (still remember all the people trying to sell us Cohiba cigars) when our guide, full of excitement said…” I’m about to take you for a drink in a very special place”. Turns out it was the old watering hole of none other than Ernest Hemingway. I don’t recall the name of the place, after-all we had just done doing a tour of a rum factory and I did give every beverage they make a special test. I do remember being asked to fork out $4 for a drink that looked like leaves in a glass. Turns out it was a Mojito and those leaves were the essence of the!

A Cuban Classic, the Mojito!

You’ll need…

1 1/2 oz Light Rum
3 tbsp (fresh) lime Juice
2 tsp Sugar
3 (Sprig) Mint
Club Soda

In a tall thin glass, crush part of the mint with a fork to coat the inside. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir thoroughly. Top with ice. Add rum and mix. Top off with *chilled* club soda (or seltzer). Add a lime slice and the remaining mint, and serve.

After some digging I found the name of the joint, it’s called La Bodeguita del Medi.


This pic was taken during our tour of Havana.. a very historic (Like much of old Havana) cathedral.  The Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Havana (Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana)

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The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.

The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.

When most people think about the Caribbean (if you’ve never lived on the islands) one of the things which comes to mind is sipping on a cold glass of rum punch, decorated with slices of fresh fruit while sitting taking in the rays on white sandy beach (or a swim-up bar at an all-inclusive resort). Truth be told, rum punch is not as common a drink with locals as you would think. A more classic drink would be rum and coke or if you were in Cuba, a Mojito and if in Puerto Rico, it would be Piña Colada.

I’m going back to my “ultimate” series and in doing so, give you what I think is the perfect rum punch recipe.


You’ll Need…

1 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups grenadine syrup
2 cups rum (Caribbean rum)
1 cup coconut rum
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
5-8 drops of Angostura bitters
dash nutmeg

Orange slices, for garnish
Pineapple slices, for garnish

Notes. The traditional way of making rum punch is to use a strong white rum, but I much prefer a dark rum as I love the undertones you get from it. If you don’t have Grenadine, use a simple syrup or if you have a cane juice syrup that would work well also. Be sure to add crushed  or cubed ice before serving.

The only real work here is to squeeze the limes for that freshly squeezed juice we need (you’ll need about 8 limes).  Basically all you have to do is add all the ingredients mentioned above into a large container, mix well and put in the fridge to chill.

If you’d like you can also add 1 cup of carbonated water to the mix before serving for that extra zing.  Then pour into your serving jug or punch bowl, add some ice and watch your guests hover around as they enjoy what is sure to be the ultimate rum punch. Remember to garnish with slices of orange to make everything look pretty. Speaking about punch bowl, I recall my mom had one and to this day I’ve never seen any punch in that thing. My dad used it for tossing receipts and other things from his pocket.. that’s where you’d also find our house keys as well.

Do remember this holiday season to partake in the beverages in moderation and NEVER drink and drive. BTW, you’ll get about 10 cups of rum punch from this recipe and more if you add the carbonated water and ice.

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Recipe Index

Recipe Index

Here’s a full list of all the delicious Caribbean recipes I’ve shared to date. Simply click on the individual link to view the full recipe for that particular dish. Each recipe will contain the full list of ingredients, the cooking and prep instructions and step by step pictures to make preparation so much easier. In most cases the recipe will also be followed by a video tutorial on how to cook that specific dish. If the recipe video is not included, head over to our Cooking Channel @

Let’s take a culinary tour of the Caribbean, one plate at a time.

Happy Cooking




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