Sparkling Mojito

Sparkling Mojito Recipe
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer
The mojito may be Cuba's national cocktail. The drink gets its name from the African word mojo, which means "to cast a spell." Making mojitos in a pitcher doesn't work—it's impossible to distribute the lime and mint evenly, plus the club soda tends to turn flat. Instead, muddle a large batch of mint, limes and sugar, then pour the mixture into glasses and top with ice, rum and club soda.

Yield:

Makes 1 drink

Recipe from

Food & Wine

Ingredients

1/2 lime, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Ice cubes
1/4 cup white rum (2 ounces)
1/2 cup club soda, chilled

Preparation

In a tall glass, muddle the pieces of lime with the mint leaves and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Fill the glass with ice and stir in the rum and club soda. Garnish with the mint sprig and serve right away.

Lourdes Castro,

Food & Wine

May 2009
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