Like any good American, I never break any rules outlined by our government including underage drinking. Therefore, I had to travel to Puerto Rico when I was 18 to experience legal drinking. It was on that magical island that I first experienced a Mojito, a drink that instantly transports you to the Caribbean.

The Mojito is an incredibly refreshing drink that is made up of simple ingredients, but difficult to master. I fondly remember stopping along the roads in San Juan trying different mojitos and soaking up the sun. The best mojito was at a dive-bar and served in a red solo cup. The delightful trip was shared with the parents and the mojito served as a perfect compliment.

Mojitos are like pizza, it’s not too tricky to make a mojito that tastes like the definition of average but creating something really tasty is an artform. Much of the taste comes from the quality of ingredients, namely the sugar and mint. Detailed below is a simple recipe that is ~easy to recreate at home, but for a true mojito experience head down to the Caribbean.  

The Mojito

Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 8-10 Leaves Mint
  • 2-3 OZ White Rum
  • 1 OZ Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 OZ Simple Syrup
  • Seltzer Water

Instructions
 

  • Add mint to a tall glass and lightly muddle
  • Add rum, simple syrup, and lime juice. Stir briefly being careful not to break the mint.
  • Fill with ice and top with Seltzer!

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