The Cuban mojito is both a tiki bar drink and a classic highball served the world over. We know Havana, Cuba is it’s birthplace, but the origin of its name and when it was created are lost to history.
The earliest recipe was meant to cure tropical illnesses like scurvy and dysentery. Made with a crude form of rum, the lime, sugarcane juice and mint helped disguise the poorly made spirit.
One legend says Papa’s favorite cocktail was the mojito. In fact it is written on the wall at the popular bar La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana. However, it’s well documented Hemingway’s favorite cocktail was the daiquiri and the inscription stating otherwise, a fraudulent claim.
Regardless when, where and how the mojito came to be, it’s undeniably delicious and a thirst-quenching tropical summer delight.
Go easy on the mint and keep those leaves in one piece. There’s nothing uglier than a mojito filled with tiny fragments of mint floating in it!