This IS the classic mojito and the BEST way to make it. There are variations and there are recipes with flavors, such as mango, strawberry, etc., but this is the classic and it's refreshing and delicious.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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