- 12 fresh mint sprigs, each about 8 inches long,
plus 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup light rum
- Sugar and 1 or 2 lime wedges for coating rims
- Ice cubes as needed
- 2 cups club soda
For the garnishes:
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 4 small fresh mint sprigs
Select 4 tall, slender glasses. Spread a layer of sugar on a small, flat plate. Working with 1 glass at a time, run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass to moisten it, then dip the rim into the sugar to coat it evenly. Put the glasses in the freezer to chill for at least 15 minutes.
When ready to make the mojitos, fill a blender halfway with ice cubes. Pour the rum mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the blender. Add the club soda and the 1/2 cup mint leaves and puree until well blended.
Divide the mixture evenly among the chilled glasses. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and a mint sprig. Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Entertaining, Edited by Chuck Williams (Oxmoor House, 2004).