The mojito is a traditional Cuban highball consisting of five ingredients. This classic drink dates back to the 16th century and Sir Francis Drake—the drink was named after him and known as the “El Draque.” The sugar, mint and lime are used to help hide the harsh taste of the rum. It is a perfectly refreshing cocktail to beat the Hoosier heat this summer.
Photography By Jennifer Rubenstein | May 21, 2015


Muddle mint with lime juice and simple syrup. Add rum, briefly stir. Top with ice cubes and a splash of soda water. Garnish with a lime wedge and/or sprig of mint and enjoy.

Nicky Blaine’s, a locally owned cocktail and cigar lounge located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle, has been voted one of “America’s Best Bars” by Esquire magazine. The classically comfortable lounge is a city staple and a perfect place to enjoy cocktails for a special occasion or just because.

Recipe courtesy of:

Nicky Blaine’s
20 N. Meridian St.

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  • 5–6 leaves fresh mint or spearmint
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon and lime
  • ¼ ounces simple syrup
  • 1¼ ounces rum
  • 1 splash soda water
  • Fresh lime wedge or sprig of mint, for garnish
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