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How to Make a Champito

Thanks to the whims of drinkers and the innovations of bartenders everywhere, drinks are constantly evolving. A perfect example is the Champito—a direct descendant of the classic Mojito.


  • Step 1: Muddle Gently muddle everything together with the muddler or the back of the spoon.
  • Step 2: Strip mint leaves Just like the Mojito, you start by setting aside 1 mint sprig for garnish, and stripping the leaves from the remaining sprigs.
  • Step 3: Add mint, lime & sugar Drop 3 mint leaves into the glass, add all 4 lime wedges, and pour in 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • TIP: The idea is to coat the inside of the glass with the flavor and essence of mint released by the mashing.
  • Step 4: Fill glass with ice Fill the glass a little more than halfway with ice.
  • Step 5: Pour rum & mix Pour in 2 ounces of light rum and mix again.
  • Step 6: Pour in Champagne Pour in the Champagne.
  • Step 7: Garnish & serve Add the mint sprig garnish and serve.
  • FACT: The Champito was originally concocted by bartender Bill Lambertson at San Francisco's Campton Place Restaurant.

You Will Need

  • 2 oz. light or gold rum
  • 2 oz. Champagne
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • A lime cut into 4 wedges
  • Ice
  • A collins glass
  • A muddler or wooden spoon
  • A measuring jigger

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