Notes: The mojito - a mint-laced rum cocktail - might be the hottest drink in town these days, but it's served ice cold. We've turned the temperature on its ear for the holidays. To warm glasses, fill with hot water, then drain. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and a lime slice.
2 tablespoons lightly packed rinsed fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tea bag (English Breakfast, Earl Grey, or black tea)
1/4 cup rum (dark or light)
1 tablespoon lime juice
How to Make It
Rinse a small teapot with hot water, then drain. Add mint leaves, brown sugar, tea bag, and 1 cup boiling water; cover and let stand for 2 minutes, jiggling tea bag several times. Lift tea bag out and add rum and lime juice.
Pour mojito tea through a fine strainer into warmed heatproof martini or wineglasses (at least 1-cup size; see notes).