The first time I had a mojito was on Dia del Amor y la Amistad, a day dedicated to Love and Friendship in Colombia. My friends Carlitos and Sandra, both my labmates at graduate school at the time, are from Colombia, and invited us all over to celebrate this day of friendship. Carlitos made mojitos with his own recipe, and I’ve been addicted to them ever since (though, admittedly, never had one that delicious). Sandra made traditional Colombian food. We danced to Colombian music for hours, talking and joking in Spanglish. This spring, the mint is growing like crazy in my garden – spearmint, orange mint, yerba buena, and something new called pineapple mint. Nothing like a little mojito with fresh mint. Here’s the recipe I used:
- 1 cup club soda (I use ginger ale because I’m not a huge club soda fan)
- 1 shot Malibu Coconut Rum
- 6-7 large mint leaves, with an extra sprig to garnish, all washed
- 1 Tbsp (or less) white sugar to taste
- 1 lime, juiced with a slice to garnish, washed
- 1 cup ice
- Crush the mint up in the glass. Add the ice.
- Add all of the other ingredients and stir.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge.