Mojito is an alcoholic cocktail native to Cuba. Traditionally, it consists of a mixture of five ingredients, including white rum, sugar, lime juice, club soda and mint (usually spearmint). Also, it contains ice, so this refreshing cocktail (or highball) is a perfect drink for summer. There are a lot of variations of the traditional mojito (for example, using pineapple juice instead of rum, for a non-alcoholic mojito), but this is an easy recipe to prepare a classical mojito:
- 2 tsp sugar
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 2 tbsp (1 oz) club soda
- 2 limes
- 2 oz light rum
- 1 spring mint, for garnish
- crushed ice
- Squeeze 1 lime and set the juice aside.
- In a tumbler glass, put the sugar, mint leaves and the lime juice.
- With a muddler, crush and mix the ingredients to release the flavor of the mint and dissolve the sugar in the lime juice.
- Fill half the glass with crushed ice.
- Add the white rum.
- Add more crushed ice, almost to the top of the glass.
- Pour the club soda.
- Garnish with the mint sprig and lime wedges or slices.
- If necessary, add more sugar, to taste.