Cuban mojitos have long been considered to have originated in Havana; however, this claim is widely contested. A small boarding team landed in Cuba with medical supplies since the indigenous South American Indians were believed to have treatments for a wide range of tropical illnesses. Some historians claim that the cocktail's origins may be traced back to the 19th-century labor of African slaves in Cuba's sugar cane plantations. It was guarapo, the sugar cane juice that gave the mojito its name, that was a favorite of the slaves who made it. According to one theory, the term "mojito" comes from the Cuban condiment "mojo," which is made from lime and used to flavor cuisine in Cuba. It is also possible that the name Mojito is derived from the Latin word mojito. One of Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinks is the mojito, which is often cited as his personal preference. Hemingway has also been credited with inventing the bar. An international market research agency found that marks and spencer mojito was the most popular drink in the United Kingdom and France in 2016.
The sweetness of the Mojito in Havana is mainly achieved by the use of Angostura bitters rather than sugar, and icing sugar is often used in conjunction with the mint leaves rather than sugar. You may create a "Rose Mojito" by combining rose-flavored rum with the other components used to make a conventional "Mojito." In Mexico, tequila is easily swapped for rum in the recipe for Don Julio's "Mojito Blanco," which is a classic cocktail. Mojitos are also made with grapefruit (known as "Mojito de toronja" in Peru) and passionfruit (known as "Mojito de maracuyá" in Peru), among other fruits. Strawberry mojitos are made with muddled strawberries; one variation uses gin instead of light rum and lemon juice instead of lime juice, and it also includes tonic water in the mix.
Prominent Recipes for the Classic Mojito
Drinking one of these tropical cocktails is like taking a vacation in your own backyard. Since its genesis story starts with the historic pirate Sir Francis Drake on the waters of the Caribbean island of Cuba, the mojito conjures up images of sunny beaches, gold sands, and vacations–and this connection is no accident. Legend has it that Drake's crew was suffering from scurvy and hunger when he landed in Cuba in the late 1500s. It is said that at the time of its creation, the Cuban middle class drank an Aguardiente de Caa made with rum, lime juice, sugarcane juice, and, maybe, mint. The drink was called "El Draque," which translates to "dragon," after Drake's moniker. Ernest Hemingway loved the mojito, and it even made an appearance in a James Bond film in 2002. Rum, lime juice, soda water, and fresh mint are all that is needed to make a mojito. There are several ways to make a mojito, but we'll leave it up to you to decide which one is most delicious!