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.