The weather’s warming up and we’re diving into summer cocktails and the Mojito popped into my head this week.
The Mojito has a disputed history but most people agree that it was born on the island of Cuba and is one of the nation's oldest cocktails. One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as "El Draque", after Sir Francis Drake. Some historians contend that African slaves who worked in the Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th century were instrumental in the cocktail's origin.
Either way, in later years, the Mojito was routinely presented as a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway.
A mojito consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Many hotels in Havana also add Angostura bitters to cut the sweetness of the drink and many bars today in Havana use lemon juice rather than fresh lime.