The Mojito may be one of your simpler mixed drinks, but that doesn’t mean its popularity isn’t just as grand as its more complex cousins.
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Seeped in Cuban history, the Mojito can apparently be traced back all the way to 1586, when Francis Drake attempted to ransack Havana for its gold. Back then the “Mojito” was called the “El Draque” after Francis Drake’s associate, Richard Drake. The El Draque contained aguardiente (which is kind of a early version of rum), sugar, lime and mint.
Then in the mid 1800s, the recipe was altered a bit to contain rum. Coincidentally, or not, this occurred right around the time the original Bacardi Company came around.
Like most mixed drinks, the recipes for the Mojito vary. But since a Mojito is supposed to be enjoyed as a simple, refreshing drink, here’s our choice for your Mojito recipe.
3-5 Mint Leaves
1 Mint Sprig
1 teaspoon super fine/powered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (approximately 2 oz.)
2 oz. Light Rum (Havana Club is recommended)
Place the mint leaves into a collins glass (or other tall, thin or stemmed glass). Crush the mint with a fork in order to coat the inside of the glass. Add the sugar and lime juice, then stir thoroughly.
Fill your glass with ice (crushed or cubes, your preference). Add the rum and stir. Top off your drink with the club soda. Add the mint sprig and you’re ready to serve.