Sparkling Wine Mojito


3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups packed mint leaves, plus 12 mint sprigs, for garnish

6 limes, cut into wedges

2 cups light rum

Cracked ice

3 cups Champagne or sparkling wine



  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over high heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the mint leaves and lime wedges and muddle well with a wooden spoon. Add the rum and stir well. Strain the drink into another pitcher.
  3. Fill tall glasses with cracked ice and pour in the drink, filling them about two-thirds full. Top with Champagne, garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.


(Recipe From John Besh and Food and Wine. Photo Credit: Quentin Bacon and Food and Wine)