A round club-like utensil, similar to a pestle, that easily crushes fruit, seasonings and herbs in the bottom of a glass when making beverages requiring the juice or flavor of a fresh herb or fruit to enhance the taste of the drink. Made in various shapes and sizes from materials such as wood, stone, plastic, or stainless steel, a muddler is often used to make a drink referred to as a mojito. Native to Cuba, this beverage is made by crushing (with a fork, a muddler, a pestle, or a similar utensil) the mint leaves against the side of the cocktail glass, a procedure known as "muddling" if a muddler is used. Sugar is then lightly mixed in with the mint and a splash club soda is added until the aroma of the mint is noticable and the sugar is dissolved. Add the fresh lime juice, the rum, garnish with ice, and top off with club soda, lime wedges, and mint sprigs. The sugar helps to release the essence and flavor of the mint to create a very refreshing taste.
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