This legendary Cuban cocktail is scented with yerba buena (known for stimulating the senses) and cleanses the palate for the feast ahead. Prepare each drink separately. Serve with light finger foods such as figs, almond-stuffed Spanish olives, nuts, cheese, grapes, or raspberries.
2 or 3 fresh mint leaves and 1 sprig of mint, for garnish
1 teaspoon sugar
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 1/2 ounces white rum
Club soda or seltzer water
Place mint leaves and sugar in a highball glass. Crush leaves lightly with a spoon. Add lime juice and stir. Add ice and rum, then top off the drink with club soda or seltzer water. Stir again, garnish with the sprig of mint, and serve.