The weather outside may be frightful where you live, but in other parts of the world, it’s still nice and sunny. Throw in a beach or pool, add a nice mojito cocktail, and you’ve got the recipe for a great vacation.

     The mojito is one of the most famous highballs with a rum base. Originating in Cuba, a mojito has five ingredients. Its sweet yet citrusy flavor, combined with fresh mint, make it a delicious – and popular – summer drink.

Mojito trivia: The Mojito was one of author Ernest Hemingway’s most favorite drinks.

Recipe

  • 1 ½ oz light rum
  • 1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 6-7 mint leaves (a traditional Mojito uses spearmint)
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 2 tsp sugar (you may use 1 tsp of simple syrup if you have it)
  • 1 lime wedge

Place the lime juice and mint leaves into a highball glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint leaves. This releases the oils from the mint, which flavors the drink. Add the sugar or simple syrup and stir. Top with crushed ice and then pour your rum on top. Add a bit of club soda and stir gently. Garnish with a mint leaf and wedge of lime. Serve with a straw.

The Mexican version of the Mojito uses tequila instead of rum. Other variations use flavored rums or vodka. A “Dirty Mojito” has spiced rum, brown sugar or brown sugar syrup, key limes, crushed mint, and club soda. A Mojito that has no alcohol in it is called a “Nojito.”