Mojitos are my absolute favourite cocktail hands down. I find them so refreshing and the perfect summer treat. A few months ago I went to cocktail making class in Barcelona for my sisters hen do, it was such a fun night and I'm so happy that the classic mojito was one of the cocktails we made. I'm still no professional - although I'd kind of love to be - but after having a little lesson, I thought I'd share with you how to make the perfect mojito, and one with a little twist!

What you will need: (makes 1 mojito)
3 shots if white rum
7 mint leaves, plus a few extra to garnish
Soda water
1 lime
Crushed Ice
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
Optional: A handful of raspberries

To start off with, cut your lime into quarters and place them into the bottom of the glass. Then spoon around 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in with the lime. You can use less or more, depending on how sweet you like it, but I find 2 spoonfuls the perfect amount for me. If you want to make a raspberry mojito, then you can add a handful of raspberries in at this point. The raspberries will make it even more refreshing and they will give a lovely tart flavouring to the cocktail, I really love the mint and raspberry combo!

Once those ingredients are in you're going to want to crush them together to release the lime juice and to dissolve the brown sugar. Once you're happy with how that's looking and the brown sugar is dissolved you can add in the mint leaves. I was told 7 is the perfect amount, so that's what I've done here. You don't want to rub the leaves too much before you put them in, but you do want to release some of their flavour, so simply slap them in between your palms just once of twice, then pop them in.

Ice is a super important part of this Cuban cocktail, and you want to use crushed ice, as it doesn't melt as quickly! Fill the glass up to the top with ice then add in around 3 shots of white rum, depending on how strong you like it. Once your alcohol is in, give it another mix round, making sure to cover the top of your glass with your hand so the ice doesn't go everywhere! Once the rum, lime and mint has been mixed together, top it off with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime and enjoy!