If you’re looking to add a little tropical flavor to your next summer party, consider serving Cuba’s signature cocktail, the mojito. This refreshing libation was named after the African word “mojo,” which means to place a spell. After a few sips, you may agree that this combination of mint, lime, sugar, rum and club soda has magical powers to liven up any gathering. Impress your guests even more by using fresh mint leaves from your summer garden.

Things You'll Need

Place 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves in a tall cocktail glass. Cut half a lime into four wedges and add them to the glass. Pour 2 tablespoons of sugar over the mint and limes.

Muddle the mixture with a pestle until the oils from the mint have combined with the lime juice and sugar, creating a fragrant aroma.

Fill the glass with ice cubes and add 1-1/2 ounces of white rum and 1/2 cup of club soda.

Mix well with a spoon. Add more sugar to attain desired sweetness if necessary. Garnish the glass with a fresh sprig of mint and serve.


  • Serve mojitos with a colorful straw to add a Caribbean flair.