The perfect drink to cool you down, this traditional Cuban highball drink has easily become one of the most popular cocktails around. Fresh muddled mint and lime make up the classic version but there seem to be more variations of Mojitos out there nowadays than we can count. Some prefer to strain this cocktail before serving but tradition says leave the mint leaves right where they are.
Add lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup into the base of a shaker and muddle
Add rum and ice then shake until well chilled
Pour into collins glass and fill with crushed ice, top with club soda then garnish with fresh mint
While Mint Juleps will always have a strong association with Derby Day, it's perfectly acceptable to enjoy them throughout the year. Mint was first added to alcohol in London around 1800; the idea eventually found its way to the American south where it was added to bourbon, the rest was history. This simple cocktail with fresh mint over crushed ice creates a drink guaranteed to refresh.
Jessica shares that punch recipes like the Rum Punch should have five key elements; sour, bitter, sugar, water, and strong alcohol. In this particular recipe she used an extra anejo rum from Venezuela. It has a rich sugar flavor with a hint of citrus, spice, and chocolate.
The El Diablo combines the sweetness of blackberry from the cassis with the bold flavor of tequila. This cocktail is becoming more popular but remains still somewhat forgotten. We say, don't put this baby in the corner.