The Original Mojito

Posted on September 17, 2011


The Mojito it’s one of the most cocktails’served.

This Cuban Cocktail was invented in the late 19th century in Havana before becoming popular in the early 1930s.

The origin of the Mojito comes from Francis Drake, known as « El Draque » (the dragon), who was a famous english pirate.
He had a landmark located in « La Isla », which is « Isla de la juventud » in Cuba. During his world tour he liked to land there and drink in a tavern with his crew, to celebrate their latest booty. They sipped mint leaves crushed with local’s water spirits and green lime. It was the ancestor of the Mojito, without sugar, which they called the « Draque ».

In 1946, « La Bodeguita del Medio »’s bar decided to make a variant refined, improved and sweet of the « Draquecito ». They’ve called this recipe « Mojito ». There are several theories behind the origin of the name. One of them is that the name Mojito is a derivates of « mojadito », a spanish word for « a little wet », or simply the diminutive of « mojado » who means « wet ».

Shortly after, this cocktail became the national drink of Cuba.

Recipe :
If you want to make it at home, the ingredients you need :

–       1 ½ Oz. Of Rum
–       10-12 mint leaves
–       ½ Green lime
–       2 Oz. Club Soda
–       2 Tablespoons of Simple Syrup

How to do it ?
In a glass, put 10-12 fresh mint leaves and a ½ lime cut in 8. Cover with 2 Tablespoons of simple syrup. Crush the all, and top with ice. Add ½ Oz. Of Rum and top with Club Soda (Perrier preferably). Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint. Finally add two straws.

The cocktail is now ready !


Don’t forget to drink responsibly

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