As refreshing as it is delicious, this mojito recipe is the perfect beverage for any summertime cookout or party.
Bacardi claims the original recipe for this refreshing warm weather cocktail goes back to 1586. According to legend, Queen Elizabeth I filled her treasury with the plunderings of corsairs like Sir Francis Drake, who ruled the seas of the Caribbean for Britannia. His subordinate, Richard Drake, is said to have created a drink he named the Draque from the local ingredients: cane alcohol, sugar, lime, and mint.
Eventually this cocktail was renamed the mojito, a variant on the African word mojo, which means a little spell. It makes the perfect refreshing accompaniment for smoky and sweet BBQ at your next warm weather cookout.
Serve with: your favorite Cuban dishes.
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 6 mint leaves
- 2 whole mint leaves or sprigs for garnish
- 1 lime
- 3 ounces light rum
- 1/2 cup of ice cubes
- 1 cup soda water
- Prep. Remove the stems and central vein from the 6 mint leaves then cut them in half.
- Place the cut mint and sugar in a martini shaker or sturdy glass. Use a muddler (looks like a small wooden baseball bat) or the handle of a wooden spoon to bruise the mint by gently grinding it against the shaker bottom and the sugar for about 10 seconds.
- Squeeze both halves of the lime into the glass and use a juicer to get it all out. Add the lime hulls and rum, and fill half way with ice cubes. Shake vigorously.
- Serve. Add the soda water, stir just to mix in the soda water, but not enough to make it go flat. Pour through the martini shaker's strainer into martini glasses, and garnish the beverages with a mint leaf or sprig.