History Of The Mojito And Step By Step Instructions To Make One
A mojito (pronounced mo-HEE-toe), one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails, comes from the
African word mojo, which means to place a little spell.
Bacardi traces the drink’s roots to 1586, when Francis Drake and his pirates tried to sack Havana for its gold. While the invasion was unsuccessful, Drake’s associate, Richard Drake, was said to have invented a mojitolike cocktail known as El Draque made with aguardiente (a crude forerunner of rum), sugar, lime and mint. Early on, it was consumed for medicinal purposes. Around the mid-1800s, the recipe was altered and gained in popularity as the original Bacardi Company was established. In 1940, Cuban playwright and poet Federico Villoch proclaimed: “When aquardiente was replaced with rum, the Draque was to be called a Mojito.’‘
Other accounts suggest that slaves working in Cuban sugar cane fields in the late 19th century invented the mojito.
Ernest Hemingway fancied them at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana as well as in Key West (his favorite drink was the daiquiri, though). James Bond (aka Pierce Brosnan) drank one in Die Another Day, which was set in Cuba. Next month: an appearance in the Miami Vice movie
Ingredients In A Mojito Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz. (60 ml) white rum, Cuban if available
- 1 lime (or 2 ounces (60 ml) lime juice)
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- 4 mint leaves
- club soda
- mint sprig
Directions On How To Make A Mojito
- Muddle mint leaves and sugar.
- Fill with ice, then add rum and lime juice.
- Stir, then add a splash of club soda.
- Garnish with mint sprig.
Variations of the Mojito
- Ernest Hemingway requested Mojitos without sugar. Of course, this suggests that less lime juice be used.
- Sometimes, the juiced lime is used as an additional garnish.
- For a twist on the traditional mojito, add a handful of raspberries during the muddling stage for an extra hit of flavor.
- Bing Cherry Mojitos (twohungrysisters.com)