Ahhhh mojitos. The lovely flavors of lime, mint, and rum. But where did this refreshing treat originate? Let’s explore a little mojito history…
The mojito is one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails, It comes from the African word mojo, which means to place a little spell, and that it does.
The concoction has been traced to 1586, when Francis Drake and his pirates tried to invade Havana for its gold. While they were not successful, Drake’s buddy, Richard Drake, was said to have invented a mojito-like cocktail known as El Draque which was used for medical purposes. (aren’t they all??) In 1940, Cuban playwright and poet Federico Villoch declared, “the Draque was to be called a Mojito”, now that it was made with rum instead of aquardiente.
Ernest Hemingway was a fan of the mojito as well as James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in Die Another Day, which was set in Cuba and thus the Mojito madness we know today.
- 12 fresh spearmint leaves
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1 ounces white rum
- lime, sliced
- Splash of club soda
- Lime wedge and mint sprigs for garnish
HOW TO MAKE THE MOJITO COCKTAIL
- In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint.
- Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice.
- Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass.
- Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.
In a hurry and just don’t want the fuss? Make “Ria’s Cheater Mojito”. It is equally delicious.
RIA’S CHEATER MOJITO
- 12 fresh spearmint leaves – give or take ‘cuz who has time to count mint leaves
- 1.5 oz white rum
- half lime cut into wedges
- lemon-lime soda
- In a highball glass, muddle the mint, rum, and the lime
- Fill with ice and top off with lemon -lime soda.
- Garnish with mint and a lime wedge so you look super fancy.