Sugarcane and rum are lifelines of Cuba's economy, and their marriage in the mojito is a potent expression of the island's identity. At celebrated Havana bars, mojitos are an essential part of the nightly proceedings.
Imported from Cuba, one of the rum capitals of the Caribbean, the mojito is light, minty, and entirely refreshing.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1⁄2 bunch fresh mint
1 oz. dry white rum
2 oz. club soda
Mix sugar with lime juice in a tall glass. Add 3–4 ice cubes and several sprigs of mint, then pour in rum and club soda. Stir well, garnish with a bit more mint and serve.