Conjure up a tropical Caribbean vibe with the popular and refreshing mojito. The story goes that it originated in 1500s Cuba when Sir Francis Drake’s ailing crew needed a cure for scurvy. Fast forward to Hemingway’s Havana, where he enjoyed many a mojito at Bodeguita del Medio, making the bar the popular tourist stop it is today.

Simple and delicious, it takes just a few ingredients.

 

  • 10 spearmint leaves
  • 1/2 lime cut into four wedges
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar (or to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • Club soda
  • Garnishes: spearmint sprig and lime wedge

And a few simple steps:

  • Lightly muddle the spearmint leaves and one lime wedge in a glass.
  • Add two more lime wedges and the sugar. Muddle again.
  • Fill the glass almost to the top with ice.
  • Pour rum over the ice, then fill to the top with club soda.
  • Stir and garnish with a mint sprig and the remaining lime wedge.
  • Enjoy!