If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail to add to your bartending repertoire, you might consider the mojito. A traditional Cuban drink, it is easy to make, most easily done ahead of time, and requires no unusual ingredients, or fancy liqueurs.
Here is my recipe, provided by El Meson, a Spanish heritage restaurant in Ohio.
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2 oz. white rum
1 1/2 oz. lime juice
1 1/2 oz. simple syrup*
1 oz. club soda
lime wedge, for garnish, optional
Muddle 3 mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Fill with ice. Mix rum, lime juice and syrup in glass. Add club soda and lime wedge for garnish.
*equal parts sugar and water, heat and stir to dissolve sugar.
To prepare it ahead of time for a party, increase the amounts proportionately according to the number of drinks you wish to make. Make the syrup ahead of time and mix all the liquids, except the club soda, in a pitcher. Keep refrigerated. When ready to serve, muddle the leaves in each glass and pour 5 ounces of the mojito mix and add an ounce of soda. Garnish and serve.