I was a slow convert to the mojito. The margarita was an early favorite – and why stray from what you know you love? But the mojito is a nice alternative – a bit lighter, not as tart – and you just can’t have a margarita with ropa vieja.
We don’t like our drinks too sweet around here. We like them well-balanced, smooth, and potent. Here’s our twist on the classic mojito.
Brown Sugar Mango Mojitos
Take 4-5 leaves of fresh mint and drop in the bottom of a small juice glass or highball. Add a pinch of brown sugar and squeeze in the juice of a quarter of a fresh lime. Take a blunt object (end of a rolling pin, wooden spoon, pestel) and muddle these three ingredients. Pour in 1.5-2 ounces of mango rum (Tropic Isle Palms was a great inexpensive and smooth choice with a natural fruit flavor). Add a splash of club soda, a few ice cubes, and drop in another lime wedge. Drink on the patio, with friends.