It isn’t a big secret that we’re more than a bit enamored with the beauty and mystique of all things Cuban. That includes the ubiquitous mojito, which owes its roots to the Cuban people, though its exact origin is debated. In one story, the mojito is said to have cured the scurvy-ridden crew of one of Sir Francis Drake’s expeditions; in another, plenty of mint and sugar were used to mask the poor quality of the rum imbibers had at hand. Thank whoever you want — the fact remains that it’s a great summer drink. While the original recipe will suffice, adding the sweet, tangy flavor of grapefruit should boost the mojito to the top of your summer “To-Drink” list.
10 mint leaves
3 lime wedges
1 grapefruit wedge
2 oz Bacardi rum
0.5 oz simple syrup
Splash of club soda
1. Muddle mint leaves, lime wedges and grapefruit. 2. Dry-shake the ingredients (without ice) with rum and simple syrup. 3. Add ice and shake again. 4. Pour over crushed ice and add a splash of club soda. 5. Garnish with mint sprig.
Courtesy of Whiskey Blue New York.