This recipe is part of a Cuban-Style Christmas: Mojito, Garlic Plantain Chips, Lime, Garlic, and Oregano Mojo, Avocado Salad, Gloria's Black Bean Soup, Crab Empanadas with Pickled Garlic-Caper Remoulade and Roasted Pork Marinade.
1. Place the sugarcane juice, rum, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and stir. (If using sugar, shake vigorously until the sugar dissolves.)
2. Fill the tall rocks glass with crushed ice and pour the cocktail over the ice. Add the 7-Up and stir gently. Garnish with the sugarcane stick and stir.
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