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The Lure of the Mojito

By Jennifer Segelke

Some people say the mojito’s roots date back to 1586 and a pirate attack on Cuba. Some argue its name comes from the African word “mojo,” meaning to place a little spell. History even suggests it was once used for medical purposes. Whatever its background, we say this Cuban classic is a delicious and refreshing libation perfect for hot summer months.

  • In a highball glass, lightly muddle 3 or 4 mint leaves in the juice of ½ a lime.
  • Add ice, 1½ ounce of light rum and 1 ounce of simple syrup.
  • Shake well.
  • Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint leaf and a sugar cane stick.

Photo by Adam Voorhes