A tall glass brimming with ice, a generous amount fizzy water, a splash of booze and freshly squeezed juice is always a welcome sight on a hot, summer evening. (Or, if you’re me, after an impromptu, eight mile Sunday stroll.) While I’ll always be partial to my sparkling, special lemonade — vodka makes it “special,” feel free to omit it for a kiddo- and teetotaler-friendly version — when I’m more in the mood for lime I love a mojito. Here’s my favorite way to prepare one.


Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Makes: 1 cocktail



  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 ounce (21 grams or 1 1/2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces (42 grams or 3 tablespoons) white rum
  • 6 ounces (170 grams or 3/4 cup) sparkling water
  • Ice

Optional Garnish:

  • Mint sprigs
  • Lime wedges or slices


In a cocktail shaker or mason jar, combine mint leaves and sugar. Using a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon, pound mint leaves until
they’re pulverized (about 30 seconds of smashing). Add lime juice and rum to the mint-sugar mixture. Toss in a few cubes of ice, cover shaker or jar and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain (if you don’t want any mint flecks use a fine mesh sieve or mesh tea strainer) into a highball glass, add a generous handful of ice and gently stir in sparkling water. If desired, garnish with a sprig of mint and lime wedge; serve immediately.

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