Light and minty fresh, mojitos cool down warm-weather gatherings. A sophisticated yet simple-to-execute adult beverage, mojitos take only a few minutes to make and can be prepared in a pitcher for ease of serving. Using fresh, quality ingredients yields the best results, so spring for fresh limes and mint sprigs and opt for at least a mid-range rum.

  • Fresh mint sprigs, rinsed
  • Sugar
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Light rum
  • Ice cubes

Muddle 10 to 12 mint sprigs with 1 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of lime juice in a large pitcher until the leaves are slightly bruised, approximately 20 to 30 seconds.

Pour in a 750-milliliter bottle of light rum and 2 cups of ice cubes and stir thoroughly until all of the sugar dissolves.

Add a handful of ice to a cocktail glass. Position a strainer over the glass and pour in the rum mixture, filling the glass 2/3 full. Top it with club soda and stir gently. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and serve.

Add your favorite bitters to create subtle complexity in your mojito. Either add several dashes to the pitcher before serving or serve the bitters alongside the cocktail to let your guests customize their own beverages.

Muddle fresh berries such as blueberries, cherries or raspberries along with the mint to give your mojito a sweet edge. Muddling freshly grated ginger gives mojitos a spicy bite that complements the minty sweetness.