Monday, June 6, 2011

The Miami Mojito

  • Considered Cuba's national drink, this lime and rum cocktail is made with mint, rum, sugar, lime, and club soda. Rum was available as a medicinal 'tot' to slaves working on sugar plantations in Cuba. They used it as a pick-me-up by adding mint, water and sugar cane to take the edge off the heat. Mojito literally means 'something a little wet'. 

  • The signature cocktail served at Sugarcane in Miami, one the city's hottest new restaurants, located in Midtown, is the Mojito, served in a large pitcher and garnished with fresh limes, mint and plenty of ice. This lime-packed cocktail is the perfect summer libation, and served with some cuban-inspired appetizers, you'll have all of the ingredients for the perfect summer party. Salud!

  • Pitcher of Mojitos
  • Serves 6

  • 3 cups fresh mint leaves, packed
  • 9 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light rum
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

  • 6 cups club soda, chilled
  • 6 cups crushed ice
  • 12 lime wedges

Reserve whole mint leaves for garnish. Place remaining mint leaves in medium bowl. Add sugar. Mash with wooden spoon until mint is aromatic and oils are released. Add rum and lime juice and stir until sugar dissolves. Strain mixture into a large glass pitcher. This can be prepared 2 hours ahead, refrigerated.

Add club soda to the pitcher and gently stir. Fill each of 6 glasses with 1 cup crushed ice. Serve the mojitos over ice and garnish each glass with fresh mint and lime wedges.