Saturday, May 5, 2012


Chances are, you're drinking either a margarita or a mint julep today on the combo Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby.  But when it comes to minty refreshing cocktails, my favorite has always been the mojito.  Originally a Cuban drink, this quick mix of mint, sugar, and rum is simple and delicious.

  • 2 teaspoons vegan sugar
  • 10 small mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup white rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup chilled club soda
  • 1 mint sprig (optional for garnish)
1. Place the sugar and mint in a tall glass and crush with the back of a long-handled wooden spoon.  Fill the glass with crushed ice.

2. Add the rum, lime juice, and club soda.  An extra mint sprig makes a lovely little garnish.

This recipe makes enough for one, but repeat as needed to feed a crowd.  Mojitos are great for parties because people love to muddle together their own sugar and mint, and you can tell them to adjust the ingredient amounts according to taste. 

Nutrition Info:
1 serving (about 1 cup), Calories 169

Tasting Notes:
Super refreshing - unlike some versions I've received in a bar, this recipe has just the right touch of sweetness and a nice ratio of rum to club soda.  I didn't like filling the glass with crushed ice.  First, the ice diluted the cocktail too much, and second, because of the shape of the tall glass, the crushed ice all gathered near the top, obstructing a perfect sip of minty rum.  I solved the problem by transferring to a brandy glass, after which the mojito was excellent - thirst quenching, minty fresh, and made for a spring celebration.  The lower rating below, therefore, reflects this recipe as written, and would be higher once my suggested improvements are implemented


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