- 4 cl White Cuban Rum
- 3 cl Freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 Teaspoons of cane sugar
- 6-8 mint leaves
- Club soda
- Squeeze lime juice into your glass, drop the sugar and mint leaves.
- Continue with muddling very gently so lime juice, sugar and mint become one part.
- Fill your glass with crushed ice and pour the rum.
- Top it with club soda.
- Make sure to garnish with a mint spring.
- Finally, the most important part - enjoy it like you mean it!
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History of the cocktail
The drink of sailors? Traditionally made using white rum, sugar or sugar cane juice, lime, carbonated water and mint muddled together, many believe the Mojito is quite possibly world’s first cocktail. Although the image of hardened sailors drinking rum mixed with mint, lime and sugar may not match your vision of straight-from-the-bottle gulping pirates, the Mojito has been enjoyed as early as the 16th century.
As a result, one story traces the origins of the Mojito back to 16th century Cuba, where the drink was called the “El Draque” in honour of explorer and sailor Sir Francis Drake. Legend has it the drink was first created as a means of covering up the often harsh taste of tafia/aguardiente, a primitive form of rum. Furthermore, the drink improved greatly during the 19th century with the introduction of copper stills that led to the modern (and much better tasting) form of rum. The contemporary name for the drink probably comes from a Cuban sauce called mojo, which is made from garlic, olive oil and citrus juice. Perhaps in reference to lime as the main ingredient, the drink became known as a cocktail with “a little mojo” or, in Spanish, a “Mojito.”
Finally, while the Mojito may be one of the world’s first cocktails, it certainly has not waned in popularity over the years. In fact, the drink first invented to make bad rum tolerable is now a widely popular cocktail around the world and is an especially popular and refreshing summer drink.
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