[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

This easy mojito variation from Area Four in Cambridge, Massachusetts is best with a flavorful, ripe plum or pluot. It's perfect for a hot late-summer day.

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:muddler, cocktail shaker


  • 1 ripe black plum or pluot, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 lime, cut in half (2 lime quarters)
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • Club soda
  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. 1

    Muddle plum or pluot with sugar into a rough pulp. Add lime and mint leaves and muddle lightly. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add rum, and shake until very cold, about 15 seconds.

  2. 2

    Pour unstrained into 12-ounce serving glass, top with soda and garnish with mint sprig.

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