Today is National Mojito Day. Celebrate with one of these delicious variations on the classic mint-based cocktail.
Muddled mint is the secret to summertime cocktail happiness as far as I'm concerned. Could any ingredient be any more representative of delicious garden-y freshness?
Well luckily, today you have the perfect excuse to end a long day at the office, or a day herding children or even a (lucky you!) day at the beach with a refreshing mojito, the perfect showcase for all your garden mint. July 11 is National Mojito Day and so we've rounded up some traditional and not-so-standard recipes for different ways you can style this classic cocktail. The mojito is the perfect summer drink. With its refreshing use of fresh lime and mint to perfectly complement the rich kick of rum, it's no wonder the mojito is a perenially popular rum-based highball among the cocktail crowd.
If you want to really stir things up, try one of the endless variations on the mojito, like this Old Cuban, which adds Papa's Pilar Dark Rum and champagne for a more flavorful twist on this classic Cuban cocktail that was rumored to be one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite tipples.
- 2 ounces Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
- .75 ounce Fresh Lime juice
- .75 ounce Simple syrup
- 2 dashes bitters
- 6-8 mint leaves gently muddled
Shake ingredients and fine strain. Top with 2 ounces champagne and serve in a coupe glass.