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Mojito 1.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Spirits Jul 22, 2016

There's a reason this drink has lasted so long and stayed so popular: It's bright, fresh and delicious, a perfect summer sipper.

The classic mojito calls for a good white Cuban-style rum. (It's all about bright, clean flavors, and darker rums -- although delicious -- make for a very different drink.) Substitute regular simple syrup if you must, but Demerara adds richness. Most bars in Cuba opt to use sugar rather than syrup; if you go that route, use 1 1/2 teaspoons of white granulated sugar.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 6 to 10 leaves of fresh mint, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 to 3/4 ounce 1:1 Demerara syrup (see NOTE)
  • 2 ounces white rum (see headnote)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces club soda (optional)
  • Sugar cane swizzle stick, for garnish (optional)


Fill a highball glass with ice.

Combine the mint leaves (to taste) and Demerara syrup in a cocktail shaker; muddle them, then add the rum and the lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice; seal, and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into the highball glass. Top with the club soda, if using, then stir gently. Garnish with the mint sprig and stick of sugar cane, if desired.

NOTE: To make Demerara syrup, combine 1 cup of Demerara or turbinado sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a brief boil; once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat. Cool completely before using or storing (in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks).

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Adapted from "Cuban Cocktails," by Ravi DeRossi, Jane Danger and Alla Lapushchik, (Sterling Epicure, 2015).

Tested by M. Carrie Allan .

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 170

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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