Soon to be your go-to summer drink – The Mojito

The list of summer drinks is as long as a lazy day in August. While most adults prefer the comfort and simplicity of a cold one (beer), some folks are more adventurous. One of the most popular mixed drinks for the dog days of summer is the Mojito.  A traditional Cuban libation, the Mojito has been around in one form or another for more than four hundred years. Its name is most likely a derivative of a Spanish word that means “a little wet.” ??

Why is it popular? Like most cocktails that are mixed when the mercury soars, the Mojito includes a potent combination of refreshing ingredients. But it took a famous author for the drink to gain a loyal following in the States. The Mojito was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite alcoholic drink. He talked about it in interviews and even included it in a few of his stories.

Mixing a Mojito

Bartenders and people who make cocktails at home often play around and experiment with ingredients. Even a drink like the Mojito, which is one of the oldest and most famous rum-based highballs, has numerous recipes. According to historians, the original cocktail had only five ingredients: white rum, sugar, mint, lime juice, and sparkling water.  Some early recipes also included yerba buena, but since mint was more readily available, it became the most popular ingredient.

 

No matter how it is made, the Mojito is popular because it is the perfect combination of refreshing citrus and mint flavors, carbonated beverages, and alcohol, of course. Like any good thing, the Mojito takes time to properly prepare. The mint leaves must be bruised in order to release flavor and essential oils before the rum and sugar is added. After all of the flavors have mingled, ice and sparkling water can be added.

 

The Mojito is one of the most popular and refreshing summer drinks.