For a Taste of Cuba, Try a Classic Mojito


The Mojito is a timeless cocktail that’s perfect for warm weather (or cold weather, when you want to pretend you’re someplace sunny and sultry). It traces its origins to Cuba, where farm workers would add readily available limes, sugar, and mint to cheap (i.e., unpalatable) rum to help it go down more easily. The combination was eventually co-opted by Havana’s professional bartenders, who introduced Mojitos to the American tourists who flocked to the island nation for a good cocktail during Prohibition. 


Classic Mojito

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients
6-8 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1/2 ounce Fee Brothers Rock Candy Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce lime juice
2 ounces white rum (Cuban, if you have it)
3-4 ounces club soda

Tools/Drinkware
Collins or highball glass
Muddler
Cocktail jigger
Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Tray
Lime juicer
Bar spoon

Directions

1. Place 6-8 mint sprigs in each glass.

2. Lightly press the mint with a muddler to release aroma and oils (don’t press too hard or you’ll bruise the leaves and produce a bitter flavor)

3. Divide simple syrup, lime juice, and rum evenly between both glasses. Fill 2/3 with ice (3-4 cubes, depending on the size of your glass).

5. Stir lightly for 4-6 seconds and top with club soda.

6. Garnish with a handful of mint sprigs and enjoy.

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