World Mojito Day: Here’s how to create the classic Cuban cocktail

HAVANA, July 11th World Mojito Day is celebrated on July 11 across the world to appreciate and enjoy this wonderfully refreshing summer cocktail that has been made for almost a century, at bars, in homes, for barbecues, at parties, at the beach or by the pool, for various occasions and for all sorts of get-togethers.

Before the pandemic, World Mojito Day was marked by bars and restaurants all over the world hosting fun events like Masterclasses and by running offers on their classic mojitos, and serving innovative mojitos. This year, the celebrations have gone digital with many masterclasses and workshops being hosted online.

History of the mojito

Known to have its origins in the late 1500s as a remedial concoction, the cocktail, El Draque (The Dragon) was created by Sir Francis Drake for his ailing crew aboard his ship.  The drink consisted of lime, cane sugar and mint and aguardiente (an alcoholic beverage). It was famous in the Caribbean for its medicinal magic.

Fast forward to more than 3 centuries later!

Don Facundo Bacardí Masso, the founder of Bacardí Limited, set up his distillery at Santiago de Cuba in 1862. Around this time, a newfangled cocktail was created with Bacardi Carta Blanca White Rum, where the rough aguardiente was combined with fresh mint leaves, lime, superfine sugar and soda water to create an iconic mojito.

This mojito found its way into bars and cocktails very quickly, especially across Cuba and eventually the world. The name ‘mojito’ is derived from the west African term ‘mojo’, meaning little spell or magic potion. The balance of fresh mint and lime with caster sugar is perfectly matched by the delicacy and crispness of rum, which gives this cocktail its real “mojo”!World Mojito Day: Here’s how to create the classic Cuban cocktail

Mojito in pop culture With time, the world’s most loved cocktail gained more popularity with the story of novelist and Nobel prize winner, Ernest Hemingway sipping on the mojito at the iconic La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana.
It was also immortalised by modern-day James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, enjoying a mojito while flirting with Halle Berry, insisting that she try the cocktail, too, in ‘Die Another Day’ (2002). If 007 himself recommends the mojito, it ought to be good, eh?

Raising a toast across the world

Celebrated as one of the most iconic cocktails in the world, the mojito has been stirring taste buds since the early 1900s. Bars and restaurants all over the world celebrate the day by hosting fun events like Masterclasses and by running offers on their classic mojitos.
Since it also happens to be the first cocktail most bartenders learn how to perfect, ask them about it and they’ll definitely have a fun story for you.

Celebrating World Mojito Day in 2020

While the Classic Mojito recipe calls for only five simple ingredients, what makes this cocktail so exceptional is you can twist its flavour profile by incorporating seasonal ingredients. The traditional recipe calls for rum, sugar, lime, soda water, and plenty of mint, but this classic has been revamped many times over, incorporating seasonal fruits and herbs.
World Mojito Day: Here’s how to create the classic Cuban cocktail

Classic Mojito

  Ingredients 50 ml rum
4 lime wedges
10 fresh mint leaves
20 ml sugar syrup
25 ml soda water/club soda sprig of fresh mint

Method Take the lime wedges, squeeze them in the glass and add sugar syrup. Gently press together the limes and sugar with a muddler. Bruise the mint leaves by clapping them between your palms. Rub them on the rim of the glass and drop them in. Next, half fill the glass with crushed ice, add the rum and stir. Top with crushed ice, a sprig of mint and club soda.