The classic mojito is a traditional Cuban libation and it has all but swept the nation here in the USA. Along with this classic version, many equally delicious fruity variations have now also become quite popular. Mojitos are very refreshing and were the perfect accompaniment to our Cuban Themed Party (blog post coming Sept 21). If you’re looking for a simple, thirst-quenching drink to get through the summer heat, this may very well be your new favorite libation. I love spearmint and this drink for me is absolutely perfect as it is. We’ve made this also without the alcohol and added a splash of lemon-lime soda and it’s also very satisfying. If you’ve never tried a classic mojito yet but like rum, lime and spearmint, you will absolutely LOVE it. Give it a try.
Yield 1 serving
The original recipe calls for castor sugar which can be difficult to find but is nothing more than granulated sugar that's been processed until it reaches a super-fine but not powdery consistency. If you are going to be making many drinks, pulse a half cup of sugar or so ahead of your gathering to save time when preparing drinks later on.
- 2 parts quality rum
- 4 lime wedges
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 heaped teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 part soda water/club soda
- Sprig of fresh mint to garnish
- Place sugar in a food processor and pulse until it reaches a super-fine but not powdery consistency then add it to the bottom of the glass. Gently press together the limes & sugar. Bruise the mint leaves by clapping them between your palms, rub them on the rim of the glass and drop them in. Next, half fill the glass with crushed ice, add the rum & stir. Top up with crushed ice, a splash of soda and a sprig of mint.