Alligator Bay Distillery is a new craft distillery in Punta Gorda, Fla. They use cane molasses from Belle Glade to make a variety of rums.

Read about Alligator Bay, and other Florida distilleries in the summer issue of Florida Food & Farm coming out later this week.

Here’s a rum drink whose popularity is often attributed to Ernest Hemingway. Known for knocking back a few drinks daily, almost every cocktail can make the same claim. However, his time in Cuba and Key West made for a great deal of rum drinking, and it’s quite possible the mojito does have more of a chance at the connection.


MOJITO

A popular rum cocktail, mojitos are a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges (reserve 1 wedge for garnish)
  • 1.5 ounces Alligator Bay White Rum
  •  4 ounces club soda

Place mint leaves and 3 lime wedges into strong glass and muddle. Fill a high ball glass with muddled mint and lime, add rum and club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Makes 1 drink.

Tips: Use fresh limes, and if going traditional, pick up a fresh sugar cane stalk to use as a muddling stick.