"The mojito (mo-hee-toe) was concocted in the 17th century by Sir Francis Drake. While crusading around the Caribbean when his stock of whiskey ran dry (which he always drank with mint and a little sugar water), Sir Francis substituted rum for his whiskey and the mojito was born." Officially, however, Cuba claims to have invented the mojito in the teen years of the 20th century. It was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite libations when he visited La Bodeguita in Havana. This recipe is from "The Florida Keys Cookbook"
- Place lime wedges and mint leaves in a pint glass.
- Muddle with the handle of a wooden spoon for 30 seconds.
- Add simple syrup and white rum.
- Fill glass with ice and top off with club soda.
- Shake or stir gently.
- TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP:.
- In a small saucepan, combine 2 parts sugar to 1 part water.
- Heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Cool before using (this keeps in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks).
- For a fruity twist to your mojito, use flavored rum, such as mango, banana, or pineapple.
- NOTE: Muddle means to simply bruise or gently pound the limes and mint leaves to release their juices and essence. You can buy a muddler, which looks like a tiny baseball bat or billy club, at any good restaurant store.
My husband loved it... a little too much; I was stuck making them all night! I went with the corn syrup as well to save time, and he was thrilled with the taste. Perfect summer drink, thanks for posting!
This was an excellent Mojito! It was very refreshing. I used real cane sugar to make the simple syrup and 10 Cane rum. Made for ZWT5.
This mojito is great. We loved it. I used corn syrup instead of simple syrup and it was perfect. I used more mint leaves. Thanks FloridaNative :) Made for the Saucy Senoritas of ZWT5