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June 12, 2012

Cool Cocktails: Mojito


This classic Cuban drink is all about the fragrant mint mingling with the rum, lime, and sugar.

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

1/2 lime, freshly squeezed

4 peppermint leaves plus 1 sprig for garnish

2 ounces white rum

1 ounce club soda (optional)

Put the sugar in a highball glass and squeeze in the lime juice, stir to dissolve. Add the mint leaves and crush against the side of the glass until the aromatic oils are released. Add the lime rind. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add the rum. Top with club soda. Garnish with the mint sprig.

Serves 1

Note: To make a pitcher, multiply the ingredient quantities by the number of guests. Mash the mint and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon, then add the lime juice and rum and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Strain the mixture into a pitcher. (The recipe can be made up to this point several hours ahead and kept refrigerated.) When ready to serve, stir gently, and pour the mixture into glasses filled with crushed ice. Serve with a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime.