A Cuban "American" Mojito

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On my first trip to Havana, I became obsessed with a great Cuban mojito. Walking the streets of my parents' homeland gave me perspective on my life and where I come from. Once I tasted an authentic mojito in old Havana my life has never been the same. Something about listening to live Cuban music and having a mojito that soothes the soul. I’ve been dreaming about the mojitos of my Cuban heritage ever since.

Havana

Havana

Great live Cuban music in Havana

Great live Cuban music in Havana

If you know me then you know I’m always thinking outside the box and trying to do something different. How can I make a delicious Cuban mojito with a twist? In the spirit of #SipOnTheBrightSide, I went down to my local grocer and picked up a six-pack of mike’s Hard Lemonade.

What if I added this yummy beverage to my mojito recipe? It was a hot summer day so I was inspired to elevate my ritual.

Here’s what you need:

1 bottle of mike’s Hard Lemonade

2 teaspoons of white sugar

7-8 fresh mint leaves and one mint sprig for garnish

3 ounces of white rum

Juice from one lime

Ice cubes

Here’s what you do:

Combine the sugar, mint and lime juice in a highball glass and muddle together. You can also add one of the lime wedges there before you muddle if you want a little kick.

Add the rum and then shake in a cocktail shaker until you can’t shake no more.

Pour in your highball glass over ice, top off with your Mike’s Hard Lemonade and add a mint sprig for garnish.

All the fixins

All the fixins

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Now that you have your new Cuban “American” mojito in hand you can quench your thirst on a hot summer day. I will be reliving my memories from my trip to Cuba and making new memories with this refreshing drink.