When a woman has the power to muddle AND fresh mint in the backyard, the day becomes a candidate for mojitos. It may take a few times making these cocktails until you get the blend that fits your taste, but they are the most refreshing drinks on a warm spring day.

It's summer. It's officially Mojito time!

Cuban Mojito Recipe

1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
4 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint
Havana Club White Rum ( 2 ounces)
2 ounces club soda

Place the mint leaves into a long mojito glass (often called a Collins glass) and squeeze the juice from a cut lime over them. You'll want about two ounces of lime juice.

Add the powdered sugar, and then gently smash the mint into the lime juice and sugar with a muddler or the back of a fork or spoon. Add the ice, preferably crushed, then add the rum and stir. Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint of sprig.

Some Cubans, use guarapo in place of the powdered sugar, which is a cane sugar syrup available in the Latin food section of some supermarkets or at Latin grocery stores, It's typically sold in 12-ounce cans.

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