The Mojito, a cocktail with roots in pre-Castro Cuba, has recently become popular again. The classic version, made with white rum, is definitely a cool and refreshing summer drink. We wanted to experiment with a version suited to our chillier northern climate here in Michigan. After much experimentation, here's what we came up with. Boy, was that fun!
Place Key lime juice, mint oil and sugar in a tall glass. Add the rum and stir until sugar is dissolved. Fill with crushed ice, top with sparkling water and a float of rum, if desired.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of fresh lime.