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Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

Muy Bueno

By Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Published 2013

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Something about the mojito especially appeals to my taste buds, and this recipe will have you drinking them one right after another. From the moment I tried my first mojito, I was hooked. I even started growing my own mint just for the drink! Although this is a Cuban drink, I love that it has a universally Latin flair with lots of lime juice, mint, and, of course, rum. Stir this drink with a decorative swizzle stick or try using fresh sugarcane sticks. The muddling is the most important step in making a good mojito, so don’t go bruising the mint leaves too much. All you need to do while muddling is gently press the oils from the leaves to give your mojito a potent flavor of mint. Once you’ve mastered the muddling, the rest falls into place easily.


  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 to 3 ounces club soda, chilled
  • 2 wedges lime, garnish
  • Mint sprig, garnish


Place the mint leaves in a highball glass and add the lime juice and sugars and gently muddle: press down on the mint leaves, lime juice, and sugars with a wooden spoon or muddler. Muddling releases the oils from the mint leaves. You don’t want shredded leaves floating around in the drink and getting stuck between your teeth—so muddle gently.

After muddling add crushed ice and rum, and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.