What alcohol is in a mojito? (With Recipes!)
The Mojito, a timeless Cuban cocktail, has captured the hearts of many with its refreshing blend of flavors and a history as vibrant as its ingredients. This classic drink has evolved over centuries, making it a beloved choice for those seeking a taste of the past with a touch of modern creativity. Join us on a journey through the history of the Mojito, and explore three unique recipes that pay homage to this iconic libation.
A SIP OF HISTORY
The roots of the Mojito stretch back to the 16th century when Sir Francis Drake and his crew landed in Cuba. They encountered a local indigenous concoction known as "El Draque," named after Drake himself. This precursor to the modern Mojito featured a mixture of aguardiente (a crude predecessor to rum), sugar, lime, and mint—a combination that would evolve over time.
Fast forward to the 19th century when rum became the primary spirit in the Mojito. The cocktail started gaining popularity in the bars and taverns of Havana. The addition of ice, sparkling water, and further refinement of the recipe cemented the Mojito's status as a beloved Cuban classic. 💚
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