We didn’t think we liked the Mojito the first few times we had it. It was watery, little smashed-up mint bits got stuck in our teeth – overall, a sad affair. It wasn’t until we had a properly-made Mojito that we understood the true magic of it.
Made right, the drink is strained to remove the muddled bits, and a new sprig of mint is added at the end for the drinker to bury their nose in. It’s heaven in a glass, man.
Muddle the lime wedges, sugar, and mint leaves in a shaker until the sugar is dissolved. Add ice and rum, shake just a few times to mix, and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling water, slap a sprig of mint and garnish the drink with it.