The city of Miami celebrates an anniversary tomorrow.
July 28th is the anniversary of the day the city incorporated in 1896.
Google “Miami” and “cocktail” and you’ll read that the city’s unofficial drink is the Mojito. There are also places online which say that Miami now has an official cocktail, and that it’s the Bacardi Mojito.
Regardless, the Florida city was incorporated on July 28, 1896. And whether or not it’s official, a day in July is the perfect time for a Mojito.
•6 mint leaves
•.75 oz simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar)
•.75 oz fresh lime juice
•1.5 oz white rum
•1.5 oz club soda
Here’s the recipe as printed online at Liquor.com:
HOW TO MAKE THE MOJITO COCKTAIL
In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint. Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice. Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass. Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.
Note that this Liquor.com recipe calls for the mojito to be shaken after almost all of the ingredients have been added. Shaking the mojito is one method. I usually roll it into a mixing tin at that stage (and then back into the highball glass), then finish with the soda water.