The mojito — which was has been all  the rage for savvy and sophisticated summer partiers — took over the cocktail spotlight with a vengeance over the past few years. The drink, which is actually a traditional Cuban highball, became wildly popular because of its versatility and the many variations of mojitos offered in restaurants and clubs around the country. This cocktail has that certain something that captures the excitement of the heat, the splendor of summer and our little acohol-loving hearts. Try a few of ro’s  favorites. –roz edward

 

Basic Recipe
1 1/2 ounces Bacardi light rum
12 fresh spearmint leaves
1/2 lime
2 tablespoons simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, cooled) or 4 teaspoons sugar
Ice
Club soda
Lime wedge and mint sprig, for garnish

Preparation:
In a tall glass, muddle or mash together the mint leaves and lime. Add the simple syrup or sugar and fill the glass with ice. Add the rum and top with club soda, stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

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