Today marks National Mojito Day, a holiday we wholeheartedly support because, let's face it: there's no drink more refreshing than the classic mojito. The light, fizzy, tart, herbaceous cocktail was originally created in Cuba and made with yerba buena, a type of spearmint. These days, different variations and flavors of the mojito can be found all over the world.

The ingredients for the classic version are simple — rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint — but the resulting cocktail is absolutely sublime.

Mojito

Mojito

Ingredients

  1. 8 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
  2. 2 ounces white rum
  3. 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  4. 1 ounce simple syrup
  5. 1/2 ounce chilled club soda

Directions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves.
  2. Add ice and the rum, lime juice and simple syrup and shake well.
  3. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass, stir in the club soda and garnish with the mint sprig.
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