It’s cooled off here in Minneapolis, but could very well get hot and humid again in these last weeks of August! After making classic mojitos for the first time a few days ago, I tried out another famous variation. I know this isn’t reinventing the wheel, but when you’re 20 like me, making any drink with a recipe more complicated than vodka + mixer + Solo cup feels like a big step.
Not only do these mojitos feel grown up, they bliss you right out. White rum is so smooth, you barely taste it. Mojitos are all about the fresh ingredients, and what you get after muddling is this refreshing blend of tart lime, clean sharp mint, and basic, bubbly club soda. Two tablespoons of sugar might seem like a lot, but it’s all that’s needed to push this drink out of sour territory and just into the realm of fizzy perfection. It’s very hard to be in a bad mood (read: impossible) while drinking one of these!
Ingredients (makes one)
1/2 small lime, in wedges
12 mint leaves
2 tbsp sugar
4 ice cubes
1” (about 2 oz) Bacardi Superior or other white rum
Stack lime wedges, strawberries, mint leaves, and sugar in a highball glass. Muddle well with a wooden spoon, making sure to crush the strawberries and limes to release lots of juice.
Add ice cubes, top with about one inch Bacardi Superior, and fill to brim with club soda. Serve immediately and relax.