July welcomes a host of holidays and on July 11th we celebrate this symbol of summertime and elegance, the classic Mojito. The true origins of the Mojito have been lost to history, but this refreshing beverage has undoubtedly made its way to being one of the world’s most enjoyed cocktails. The island of Cuba is famous not only for its balmy beaches and quaint colonial cities, it stands proud as the home of the first-ever Mojito as well.
Would you believe us if we told you mojitos were medicinal? Maybe not any more, but they certainly used to be! It is said that the original mixture for a Mojito was to help curb diseases on the island of Cuba. The traditional mixture consisted of a moonshine-style liquor mixed with mint, lime, and sugar cane syrup that was consumed to ward off illnesses. In the 1500s, Sir Frances Drake landed on the shores of Havana seeking the city’s gold but instead had a crew suffering from scurvy and dysentery. This traditional ‘medicinal brew’ was just the solution they needed, we all know it was the lime juice that did the trick but the rest of the ingredients certainly helped to make it go down much easier!
It is said that the recipe had swapped the strong moonshine for rum and a cocktail by the name of ‘El Draque’ started to take popularity on the island, supposedly being named after Frances Drake himself.
Another origin claims that African slaves working in the Cuban sugar cane fields created the drink from “Aguardiente de cana” (translating literally to “firewater of the sugar cane”) – a simple sugar cane alcohol (unrefined rum). The name “Mojito” certainly fits this story perfectly, stemming from the word “Mojo”, meaning “to place a little spell”. We’ve got to admit that we’re suckers for a little mojo, there’s certainly a dash of magic in every Mojito.
Whilst we may not know the true origin story of the Mojito, it’s safe to say we’re glad that it’s garnered the kind of popularity that it has over the years gone past. Versatile and refreshing, Mojitos today come in a countless variety of flavours and mixes. A classic Mojito will always hit the spot and that is what we’re picking up to enjoy this National Mojito Day.
- 50 ml BACARDÍ Carta Blanca Rum
- 4 to 6 lime wedges
- 8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 25 ml of soda water
- A sprig of fresh mint
- Grab a whole lime and cut into wedges.
- Squeeze all into the glass.
- Add sugar and gently press together.
- Drop-in mint leaves.
- Next, half fill the glass with crushed ice, add the BACARDÍ Carta Blanca rum & churn.
- Top with crushed ice and soda.
- Garnish with a mint sprig.
Bright in flavour with a smooth finish, Mojitos are guaranteed to be a hit at any function. Reminiscent of warm days and pool parties celebrate a slice of summer this National Mojito Day with your own ice-cold refresher.