Have you read my post about orange juice with minced garlic for cold & flu? Did you think that was revolutionary?
Garlic mojito goes a step further!
I suppose my garlic mojito could be considered as an alternative to the preventative common cold & flu drinks. The popular & classic version of a mojito does not contain any garlic, obviously. However, I have recently discovered that a quarter of a raw garlic clove diluted with soda or tonic water, mixed with a bunch of mint leaves and lime juice, sugar/honey, plus a shot of white rum does taste great! And it contains raw (read health beneficial) garlic. So, before you change a channel, hear me out!
Many studies were conducted to prove the garlic’s health benefits. One certain thing is that only consumption of raw garlic offers proven, antibacterial & antiviral properties. Additionally, mixing crushed/minced garlic with a cool liquid helps to preserve and stabilize allicin, which is the secret to garlic goodness.
I can see how garlic mojito could sound like pushing it a bit in a wrong direction to some, but I would strongly disagree. The Hot Toddy will warm you up, but most of the honey’s antibacterial properties are gone before you can actually start drinking this popular cold & flu drink. Even worse, it could be toxic! (Read this article about heating honey and you might think twice before putting it into your piping hot drinks like Hot Toddy, tea, milk or bake with it again.)
When it comes to matters of taste my garlic mojito offers the rich and full flavour of the traditional mojito, and more. In this recipe I only use a quarter of a minced garlic clove, so it really is not too pungent or garlicky at all.
Keep healthy and when the cold or flu strikes or if you are simply curious, try my garlic mojito recipe and let me know what you think!
- 1 shot of white rum
- ¼ garlic clove (minced)
- 2 heaped teaspoons of sugar or to taste
- Juice of 1 lime
- 20 ml soda (to rest the minced garlic in)
- 100 ml soda or tonic water (if you like it sweeter or you just like tonic water)
- Generous bunch of mint (when squashed it should fill a of the serving glass)
- ½ glass of crushed ice (I use a meat hammer and a kitchen cloth. Seriously!)
- Mix ¼ garlic clove with soda in a small container and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes (this will let the allicin - garlic goodness compound - to develop and stabilize)
- Rinse the mint leaves well and place them with the lime juice and sugar in a sturdy glass; crush it all well together using a muddler. (This will allow the mint oils to release and mix with sugar and lime juice.)
- Strain liquid of the soda with minced garlic into the mint, sugar and lime mixture (you don’t want the garlic bits floating in your beautiful mojito) add the rum and mix it all well again.
- Fill the glass with the mixture with crushed ice and after top up with soda water.