Flavors of the world: Cuba and the Mojito

The mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail made with rum, lime, mint, sugar and soda water. It is one of the most popular drinks in Cuba and even elsewhere.

Where does the mojito come from, its history

Although it has been around for decades, it is only fairly recently that the mojito has become a world famous cocktail. Back on its history….

The mojito has its roots in Cuba. According to some, it was invented a long time ago by a pirate who raided the Caribbean in the 16th century… even if the first written mentions of the drink only date from the end of the 19th century.

Meanwhile from the beginning of the twentieth century the mojito became popular to the point of gradually becoming a symbol of Cuban culture and the national cocktail of Cuba. It quickly spread throughout the world, helped by the variety of rums and fruit mixtures used in its creation, which allow a multitude of different recipes and flavors. It is logical then that it is now also one of the favorite drinks of tourists visiting the island.

Recipe for the mojito

– 6 cl of Cuban rum
– 2 cl fresh lime juice
– 1 teaspoon of white or brown sugar
– A dozen fresh or even peppermint leaves
– Crushed ice
– Sparkling water (or even champagne) to complete.

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In a shaker combine the rum, lime juice, sugar and fresh mint.
Then fill the shaker with ice and shake until the mixture is cool.
Pour into a tall glass.
Add sparkling water and stir lightly with a spoon to mix well.
Finally, decorate the glass with a mint leaf and a slice of lemon around the rim.
Add a straw.

And then there….