Vodka mojito

The mojito is a traditional cocktail of Cuba made famous by Ernest Hemingway.  The drink is usually made with white rum but some people don’t like the hint of molasses in rum and would prefer something cleaner tasting.  Or perhaps you’ve just run out of rum and still feel like a light refreshing cocktail.  Either way, it’s well worth while to try out this alternate vodka mojito recipe.

The other usual ingredients in a mojito are lime juice, mint, sugar and club soda.  It’s a relatively low alcohol cocktail with about 10% alcohol by volume.  This, along with the clean taste, makes it easy to drink on a warm summer’s evening.  This might explain the name as mojito translates to “something a little wet”.

To really get the look and feel of this cocktail right it should be served in a highball glass, garnished with mint and wedges of lime.  It should have plenty of ice and you should see the effervescence of the club soda.

 

Ingredients

1 oz vodka

1 oz fresh lime juice

5 or 6 mint leaves

Teaspoon of sugar

Club soda

Ice cubes

 

Directions

Put the lime leaves in a chilled highball glass and lightly bruise with the back of a spoon to release the oils.  Add the lime juice and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the ice cubes and vodka, top the glass up with club soda and garnish with a wedge of lime.