HAVANA, July 11 July 11 is the annual celebration of this popular drink that has its history in Cuba and has crossed borders to delight palates with its freshness and ideal mix of flavors. Its origins define it as a “pirate” cocktail since it was created in its time around 1910 but it was a descendant of Spaniards on La Concha beach in Cuba who prepared it in an aristocratic bar.
Another version according to the Gastrolab portal clarifies that, if it was an English pirate who created it in the 16th century during his Great Expedition to the New World, an epidemic of scurvy and colic broke out aboard Drake’s ship.
Desperately searching for a cure, a landing party went down in Cuba and returned with a local blend of aguardiente de caña (a precursor to rum called tafia) mixed with lime, sugar cane juice, and mint.
The one who gave the cocktail the most popular was the writer Ernest Hemingway, a constant visitor to Havana, who lived in the city during the 40s and 50s. “, referring to his experience in two mythical spaces in Old Havana. And since then, both cocktails are history.
This drink is prepared with the best of white rum, colloquially those that originate in Cuba are recommended, such as Caney Carta Blanca or Havana Club, which, together with sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and peppermint or mint, are fused in an explosion of citrus flavors making it the most delicious and fresh way to enjoy a smooth cocktail on a sunny day or at a party.
To prepare it, all you have to do is have the ingredients, macerate the peppermint or mint leaves inside a glass, along with the sugar, then add the drops of lemon, and the rum, and finally add the soda, stir and it’s ready.
Although this presentation can be added various variations with red, yellow, or lychee fruits.
As for its name, it is said that it was given locally, more colloquially, from the reference of foreign sailors to the mixture; They called it “that drink with a little mojo”, later it was given the name of mojito.