THE MOJITO

I would love to say that I remember my first Mojito, but we all know that’s not true. I think it’s even possible that no one remembers their first Mojito.

Mojito is actually the spelling for summer holidays, relaxation, fun, party and lazy-by-the-pool time. And it is actually magic because it changes your mood and brings happiness to those who consume it.

To celebrate, grab a tall glass, your favorite sunglasses, and enjoy! 


 The roots

The Mojito is one of the most loved drinks that bartenders love to hate! It takes too much time to make, it’s a pain to clean up and it’s ordered in quantities far too large by drinkers far too unadventurous.

Yet the Mojito remains one of the most popular cocktails, and for a solid reason: It’s a very good drink. Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, suger, lime juice, sparkling water and mint.

The mojito was born on the island of Cuba and is one of the nation’s oldest cocktails.

Supposedly, the drink’s name, “mojito,” comes from the African word “mojo,” which mean “to place a spell.” But Africa does not get to claim the mojito as its own drink – that right belongs to Cuba where many claim it was crafted by slaves working in sugar cane fields in the late 1800s. Another theory is that the name Mojito is simply a derivative of Mojadito (Spanish for “a little wet”).

Which of these tales is true? I am not sure. But a great cocktail deserves a great story! And speaking of stories, one of America’s most prominent storyteller’s, Ernest Hemingway, is known to have been a big fan of the mojitos and drank them at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana which he made famous by writing: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita“, a phrase that can still be read on the wall of the bar today, in his handwriting.


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The makin’s

1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
1 teaspoon white sugar
3 leaves mint
2 parts white rum
Club soda
Old-fashioned glass

The drill

Put the lime wedges into a glass, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything together) to release the lime juice

Put the mint leaves on one hand and clap. This bruises the leaves and releases the aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Use a muddler, bar spoon (or even a rolling pin) to gently push the mint down into the lime juice

Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the rum

Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves

Top up with crushed ice, a splash of the soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint

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