Mojito – a typical combination of rum, lime juice, sugar, club soda and mint – is a traditional cocktail from Cuba. It is typically served over or with ice in tall or thin glasses. Mojitos are said to have a long history in the fields of Havana, Cuba. What’s more, this cocktail is deemed to be one of Hemingway’s favorite drink.
The drink came to make its mark in the late 1500s in Cuban hotspots and numerous theories appear to circulate about its origin years later. One tale purports that a band of pirates led by an Englishman named Richard Drake created a mix of unrefined rum, muddled mint, ice and lime juice and the mix was named El Draque. This was somewhat similar to today’s mojito in taste and it had become a well-known drink for most Cubans and people in Latin America. Another legend seemed to claim that the cocktail had been a spin-off of the US drink julep. At any rate, the initial mojito recipes that were formally introduced got out in the early 30s and Cuban mojitos became the instant favorite in most Havana hotspots a decade later. From the first mojito recipe of 2 ounces of rum, lime juice and club soda, 4 mint leaves and a teaspoon of powdered sugar, the drink has evolved and shifted to a number of well-known variations today, including cosmojito, fruit mojitos, madarin etc.
Overall, the mojito is presently one of the most fashionable drinks that combines the sweetness, tartness and freshness of the whole mix. The cocktail is also an ideal drink for summer and a good cocktail addition to spending a great night in town. Certainly, this is one type of drink that is easy to make though mastering how well it’ll come out is a different matter entirely.