Mojito History

Mojito History
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Mojito History

The mojito is a beloved summer drink and is one of the most well-known rum highballs. There's no arguing that the cocktail originated in Havana, Cuba, however the true history of the mojito is often disputed. Some believe it's inspired by Indigenous people of South America, who combined ingredients like rum and limes to treat tropical illnesses. Other historians claim that slaves working in Cuban sugar cane fields were responsible for the cocktail's origin. Either way, the mojito has quickly become one of the most popular cocktails in the world.

It is served on the rocks, with a mint garnish, in a collins glass.

How to make a Mojito

Mojito Ingredients:

1.5 oz white rum
1 oz lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
6 mint leaves (plus extra for garnish)
soda water

Mojito Instructions:

  1. Add the mint leaves, lime juice and sugar to a jug and use a muddler to crush and muddle the ingredients.
  2. Pour this mixture into a collins glass and fill with ice.
  3. Add the rum and stir with a long-handled spoon.
  4. Top up with soda water and garnish with more fresh mint leaves and a lime wedge or wheel.

Mojito Variations

  1. Frojito (frozen Mojito) - white rum, mint syrup, lime juice, blended with ice.
  2. Pineapple Mojito - dark rum, mint, agave syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice.
  3. Winter Mojito - spiced rum, licor 43, sugar syrup, lime juice, mint, soda water.