May 182012

Last week, I shared the recipe for a Cuba Libre. This week, we’ll continue with a Cuban theme.

The Mojito is considered to be the Mint Julep’s Cuban cousin. It originated in Havana and was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktails.

While the origins of the drink are subject to debate, Sir Francis Drake is often credited with creating a similar cocktail using aguardiente, a primitive predecessor to rum, in the sixteenth century.

To make a marvelous Mojito, you’ll need:

Two ounces of light rum

Fourth of an ounce of simple syrup

Half of an ounce of lime juice

Two and a half ounces of club soda

Mint leaves

Place mint leaves and simple syrup in to a highball glass with the juice of half of a lime. Muddle the ingredients. Add ice and light rum and stir well. Top with club soda.

A special shout-out to Brian D. Murphy and his book See, Mix, Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the Worlds’s Most Popular Cocktails.


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