I had my first rum Mojito at The Beach House hotel in
Fresh mint leaves are an absolute requirement for a good Mojito. Accept no substitutes. You should be able to get a bunch of mint in the produce department of your grocery store if you’re not lucky enough to have any growing in your yard. For a while, Delta Airlines was serving a “Mile High Mojito” on their flights using a mix, and it wasn’t bad as airline cocktails go. It was not, however, anywhere near as good as a Mojito made with fresh mint. Bacardi® has a great video of making a Mojito here. Just don’t tell them you’re using tequila…
2 oz Plata (silver) Tequila
fresh squeezed juice of ½ Lime (½ oz )
1/2 oz simple syrup
6-8 mint leaves
Put the mint leaves and syrup into an Old Fashioned glass. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass. Muddle well to bring out the smell and flavor of the mint. Add the tequila and stir well. Fill the glass with ice, then top off with soda water and stir lightly. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve with a straw. Vary the mint and muddling to suit your taste.