Real Mojito Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar (or adjust to your liking)
  • 2 ounces white rum (Cuban-style rum is traditional if available )
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

1. Muddle the mint, lime, and sugar: In a sturdy highball glass, place the mint leaves and lime wedges. Using a muddler (or the back of a wooden spoon), gently press and twist to release the mint’s oils and the lime juice. Be sure to bruise the leaves, not shred them completely. Add the sugar and muddle a little more to help it dissolve.

2. Add the rum and ice: Pour the white rum over the muddled mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice cubes.

3. Top with club soda: Fill the rest of the glass with chilled club soda.

4. Stir and garnish: Stir gently to combine and distribute the flavors. Garnish with a lime wedge and a fresh sprig of mint.

5. Adjust sweetness: Taste your Mojito. If desired, add a little more sugar for additional sweetness and stir until dissolved.

Tips

Quality ingredients: Use fresh mint and limes for the best flavor.

Don’t over-muddle: Overly crushed mint leaves can make the drink bitter.

Chill your glass: For a refreshingly cold drink, chill your glass in the freezer beforehand.

Rum choice: Cuban-style white rum is traditional, but any quality white rum will work well.

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