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MOJITO COCKTAIL RECIPES


A Mojito is a classic Cuban beverage made with white rum, sugar, traditionally sugar cane juice, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. It's a tall, lightly alcoholic drink perfect for warm climates and hot summer nights.

Its origins start around the time of Sir Francis Drake's visitations to the Caribbean and the original drink, then called a Draquecito, is supposedly named after him. Also called a Drake or a Draque, it was a concoction of an aged rum called Garapo (aguardiente de caƱa) mixed with sugar, lime and mint. Enjoyed by the Cuban sugar cane workers, it is the earliest known rum drink from the Caribbean, first mentioned sometime around the latter part of the 1800's. When the Bacardi Rum Company started up in 1862, they replaced the Garapo with their signature white rum, some soda and ice and took the drink mainstream.

As for the Mojito being Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink, sorry, that's all a hoax that started with a forgery. Papa like his rum in his favorite, Papa Doble or the Hemingway Daiquiri.

Where the name Mojito comes from is a matter up for debate, but several sources claim that it stems from a Cuban seasoning made from line called mojo. It might also be a derivative of the Spanish "mojadito" which translates to "a little wet" or the African word "mojo", which means to cast a little spell.

Whatever the case, I live in a desert so I'm all for some refreshing, wet coolers with a little rum Mojo in them and I definitely enjoy them in a variety of flavors.

MOJITO VARIATIONS:

GRILLED PINEAPPLE MOJITO
CHERRY BASIL MOJITO
Mind Your Ps & Qs CUCUMBER PEA SHOOT MOJITO
BLACKBERRY MOJITO
CHIPOTLE WATERMELON MOJITO
GRAPEFUL DEAD MOJITOS
MERRY BERRY MOJITO MARTINI

If you really love Mojitos you'll want to check out my
MOJITO ART & GEAR

Yes, I do have a Mojito Coloring Page in my Color Your Cocktail's Coloring Book!


National Mojito Day is July 11th.



Updated 5-2017
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY

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