The famous muddled mint Mojito has unknown origins and a name that has no literal translation. While its birthplace is Havana, Cuba, its exact origins have been lost in time. It is speculated to be a descendant of the old Cuban drink called Draque, a concoction of unrefined rum, lime juice, and sugarcane juice. The first recording of a “Mojito” is in Sloppy Joe’s Bar Season 1931-32, however there’s evidence of earlier cocktails with the same composition under other names involving the word “Mojo.”
This rum classic is a simple but refreshing drink that combines white rum, mint leaves, lime juice, and sugar. Muddling the mint leaves and lime wedges releases their oils, creating a combination of sweet and citrus flavors. It’s an ideal cocktail for hot summer days when done well and using quality ingredients.