It is as popular as ever and I have recently discovered the pleasures of this fine drink. I am 25% Cuban so that might explain why. . If you are going to get drunk you might as well get edumacated while doing it. Here are some interesting facts, followed by the ingredients.

First off, the mojito has a legendary history of its own; the buccaneering lore behind this particular drink is noteworthy. There’s much debate as to when exactly the mojito was invented and by whom. Many claim it was crafted in Cuba in the late 1800s. Some say Hemingway brought it to Sloppy Joe’s and made it popular. Others elaborate on this theory saying that the mojito was the preferred beverage of Sir Francis Drake as early as the 1500s. According to The Mojito Company’s website, it was English pirate Richard Drake who prepared the first version of the drink using aguardiente (in Spanish that means fire water- the HARD liquor of choice in my birth country Colombia), an unrefined kind of rum that he mixed with some sugar, lime and mint. Originally named “El Draque” (or the Dragon after his boss Sir Francis), story has it the swashbucklers introduced the drink to Cuba on their treasure-hunting exploits through the Caribbean and Latin America.

Ingredients:

2-3 oz Light rum
Juice of 1 Lime (1 oz)
2 tsp Sugar
2-4 Mint sprigs
Soda water
Mixing instructions:

Lightly muddle the mint and sugar with a splash of soda water in a mixing glass until the sugar dissolve and you smell the mint. Squeeze the lime into the glass, add rum and shake with ice. Strain over cracked ice in a highball glass. Top with soda water, garnish with mint sprig and serve.