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How to Make a Mojito

Yes, it's a trendy drink. But on a hot summer evening while drinking with good friends, this cross between the Mint Julep and the Daquiri doesn't feel like a trend. It feels like destiny.


  • Step 1: Pull off mint leaves Set 1 mint sprig aside, and pull the leaves off the remaining sprigs.
  • TIP: Some mojito recipes call for as many as 2 dozen mint leaves—how many you use depends on how "minty" you want your drink to taste.
  • Step 2: Add mint, lime & sugar Line the glass with the leaves and add the 4 lime wedges and the sugar. Gently muddle everything against the sides and bottom with the muddler or back of a spoon.
  • TIP: In Cuba, where the mojito originated, just 1 tsp. of powdered sugar is used.
  • Step 3: Fill with ice Fill the glass with ice.
  • Step 4: Pour in rum & mix Pour in the rum and mix again.
  • Step 5: Add soda & garnish Top off the cocktail with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint. Mojito!
  • FACT: While the Mojito was a favorite of "Carrie" and the gals on Sex & the City in the 1990s, it was also a favorite of Hemingway and the guys in the 1930s.

You Will Need

  • 2 oz. light or gold rum
  • Some fresh mint
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • A lime cut into 4 wedges
  • Some soda water
  • Some ice
  • A collins glass
  • A measuring jigger
  • A muddler
  • And a spoon

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