A Cuban Classic

As relations between the US (Australia) and Cuba thaw, we felt it was the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with the Mojito – a classic Cuban cocktail.

The Cuban capital, Havana, is birthplace of the Mojito and home to the famous La Bodeguita, a bar where Ernest Hemingway allegedly penned the paean “My mojito in La Bodeguita del Medio, my daiquiri in El Floridita”.

The Mojito is a sweet drink, but with mint and lime it’s refreshing and clean tasting. Although a summer drink, limes and mint are available all year round so there is nothing stopping you from enjoying this drink in any season.


60 mL white rum
juice of one lime
dash of simple syrup (more or less to taste)
4 freshly plucked mint leaves
60-120 mL soda water


In a highball glass, muddle (that is, crush with a pestle) mint leaves in the sugar syrup and lime juice. Add rum, ice and stir. Top with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Or, shake vigorously with ice all but the soda, and strain into a highball glass with ice. Top with soda and garnish with mint.

Be sure to avoid crushing the stems of the mint. Enjoy this delicious drink & remind yourself of sunny times spent on beautiful beaches.