When visiting us in the Cape, one of son Adam and son-in-law Mike’s favourite occupations is concocting (and consuming!) cocktails. Their respective rates of consumption have slowed considerably with the onset of fatherhood, but their enthusiasm has not waned one jot. They constantly challenge one another to greater ingenuity and tease each other mercilessly. It’s a joy to behold.
The Mojito is one of the longest-standing drinks in their repertoire. Made with fresh lime juice and mint, it’s tangy, refreshing and (unlike some of their wilder potable potions), made from readily procurable ingredients. I’s a go-to drink when we get back from the beach.
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 oz white rum
- 2 tsp sugar
- bunch of fresh mint
- 8 oz club soda (approximately)
- Rub a few mint leaves around the rim of a highball glass to transfer the oils and scent onto the glass.
- Add the lime juice, white rum, sugar and about 5 mint leaves to the glass.
- Muddle until the mint leaves are crushed and the sugar is dissolved.
- Fill the glass halfway with ice; top with club soda.
- Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lime. Serve immediately.