Mojito, Cuban-Style


The mojito may be Cuba’s national cocktail but, the drink gets its name from the African word mojo, which means “to cast a spell” and that it did the very first time I travelled to Key West.

1 Key lime, halved or  1/2 Persian lime, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, (Yerba Buena/Sweet Mint) torn, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Ice cubes
1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum (Matusalem Plantino or Cruzan Aged White Rum)
splash of club soda
* In a tall glass, muddle the pieces of lime with the mint leaves and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Fill the glass with ice and stir in the rum and club soda. Garnish with the mint sprig and serve right away.

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