Sunday evening was so nice here in Ventura and it was my parent’s last day before they had to fly home to chilly Wisconsin. Earlier that day we stopped by the Channel Islands Farmer’s Market to grab some fresh produce for the week and I stumbled upon some mint that smelled so divine I just grabbed some without any intentions of knowing what I was going to do with it.
After we labored around the house and finished some DIY projects, a refreshing cocktail is just what we needed and the classic Mojito was the perfect way to utilize the fresh mint. The Mojito is often known as the “Cocktail of Cuba,” but history can’t agree upon who officially came up with the drink. Some believe Sir Francis Drake is responsible while others claim it was crafted by the slaves who worked the sugar cane fields. Whoever it was … thank you for introducing this delicious cocktail to all of us!
The 5 Essential Ingredients to the Classic Mojito:
- 1.5oz Light Rum (we used BACARDI Superior Rum)
- Club Soda
- 12 Mint Leaves
- 1/2 Lime
- 2 tbsp Simple Syrup -or- 1 tbsp of sugar (we chose to use sugar as it’s quicker and helps combat the blandness of the club soda)
What is Simple Syrup? Equal parts sugar & water put to a boil on the stove until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. There you have it!
- Muddle mint leaves, 1/2 lime and simple syrup (or sugar) on the bottom of your cocktail glass.
- Top with ice
- Add light rum
- Top with club soda
- Garnish with a wedge of lime and/or a sprig of mint
There you have it, a classic, refreshing cocktail that is perfect for a warm day when hanging out with family & friends. My Dad enjoyed it so much he asked for another!