Author Notes: The inspiration for this drink comes from the Cuban mojito. My nonalcoholic version uses sparkling water. Mint leaves aid digestion. The agave nectar is high in fructose, which means that it does not raise your blood sugar to the same extent as other sweeteners do. For a stronger mint flavor, use more mint leaves. —Grace O
bunches Fresh Mint Leaves (small)
cup Fresh Lime Juice (about 2 limes)
teaspoons Agave Nectar
cups Sparkling Water
Crushed ice (optional)
- Place 5–7 mint leaves in each of tall glasses. Bruise the leaves with a cocktail muddle, the handle of a wooden spoon, or the tines of a whisk to help them release their fragrant oil.
- Mince or chiffonade the remaining mint leaves and divide them equally between the glasses.
- Add the lime juice, agave nectar, and water in equal amounts. Stir until the agave is dissolved. Add crushed.