a few years back on June 18, a few friends of mine realized that it was the anniversary of the start of the war of 1812. the story is kind of blurry, and i’m not exactly sure why they decided to do this, but since then they have celebrated the start of the war with mojitos. this was the first year i took a part in war of 1812 mojitos and i have been missing out! it is kind of perfect to have it on this day – an unofficial welcome to summer with the ultimate summer beverage. we followed the bacardi recipe for mojitos and it was quite delicious.
1.5 oz bacardi rum (or silver rum)
12 fresh spearmint leaves
7 oz club soda
2 tbsp. simple syrup
toss in the mint, lime and simple syrup into a glass and muddle the ingredients. fill the glass with ice and add rum, club soda and stir. enjoy with the war of 1812 overture.