When do you think of tequila, do you think of wild college parties, body shots, and Tijuana? Me too.* And I’ve never really thought of using tequila for much else besides the occasional margarita. But this Mexican mojito has gotten me rethinking tequila’s versatility.
Refreshing, light and citrusy, I can’t think of a better drink for a summer Mexican fiesta. Everybody does margaritas. Been there, done that. This one is a nice change of pace. Just don’t skimp in the mint- three sprigs sounds like a lot, but it makes it go down real nice. You might even like it better than the original Cuban version…
* Mom, don’t worry. I’ve never done a body shot and the only time I went to Tijuana was on our family trip to San Diego when I was like eight years old.
Yield: 1 serving
3 sprigs of mint
1/2 lime, cut into three wedges
2-3 teaspoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like your drink
1 1/2 ounces white tequila
handful of ice
1/2 cup sparkling water or seltzer water
slice lime and mint leaves for garnish (optional)
In a glass, muddle the mint, lime wedges and sugar (I use a wooden spoon). Add the tequila and stir to mix and dissolve the sugar. Add ice and then the sparkling water. Garnish with a slice of lime and mint leaves, if desired.