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.
Yield: 1 cocktail
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.