Cocktail Quickie: The Mojito

mojitoCome dusk on summer Saturday nights, I know I will find my friend Michael at his dining room table lining up a bag of sugar, a bottle of rum, some mint leaves and a perfect pyramid of limes.

Whoever stops by first will be recruited as assistant, tasked with cutting and juicing the limes. Michael saves the task of the mint leaves for himself, and over the years has learned that instead of mashing, he should gently press on the back of the leaves with a spoon, until the essential oils are released. He is making mojitos, and his skill has us lined up and waiting for the first of this sweet, summery drink to roll off his dining room assembly line.

Served after a long, hard week at the office, Mojitos have been known to spark conga lines, skinny dipping and memorable games of strip poker.

Ingredients for 4-5 drinks:
Juice from 5 limes
15 fresh mint leaves plus more for garnish
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup white rum
Club soda to taste

Place the lime juice, mint sprigs and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Press the mint leaves with the back of a spoon to release the mint oil. Add the rum and some ice and shake until the mixture is well-chilled, 15-20 seconds. Fill a glass with ice and strain the liquid into the glass. Top off with club soda and garnish with extra mint leaves.


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