Mojto

Mojito anyone?  This is a rum version of the classic American the Mint Julep, but did you know the Mojito started out as a farmer’s drink in Cuba around 1850?  One of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Havana bars, La Bodeguita del Medio, is credited with popularizing the Mojito in the 1920s, and was Hemingway’s Mojitofavorite cocktail at that bar.

Mojito

1 ½ oz. silver rum
¾ oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2 sprigs fresh mint
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Soda or sparkling water

Muddle one mint sprig with the simple syrup and the lime juice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Strain over ice into a highball glass, top with soda, and garnish with the remaining mint sprig.