A summertime staple, the mojito can be found anywhere with good times and warm weather. Preparation methods may vary from bar to bar, but should always result in a sweet, refreshing tropical cocktail.
Like its cousin the lime daiquiri, there’s no doubt the mojito comes from Cuba, though the exact origins remain unclear. Some theories attribute the cocktail’s beginnings to a medicinal remedy against scurvy. Others believe the drink was created by sugar cane field workers.
One popular—and hotly debated—account claims the mojito was the favorite cocktail of renowned author (and perennial drunk) Ernest Hemingway, which helped launch the drink into mainstream popularity.
The mojito is fresh, aromatically cool and herbaceous, with a citrusy tartness counterbalancing clean tropical sweetness.
Making a good mojito requires time, so expect a bit of a wait when ordering at a bar.
The addition of different fruits and fruit nectars means the number of mojito variations is practically unlimited. Listed below are some popular fruit options.
- Pineapple adds a sweet, tropical acidity. Use fresh if available, as canned tends to be a little syrupy.
- Raspberries provide fresh and subtly floral sweetness with soft tartness against the mint.
- Mangoes are fragrant and floral, making a nice compliment to the lime.
- Strawberries and mint play very well together, making strawberry mojitos a very popular variation.
Absolutely the drink for warm, sunny weather, there aren’t many outdoor activities the mojito can’t improve. Consider carefully before adding to the menu however, as these cocktails are pretty labor-intensive. If planning to serve mojitos at your next event, we recommend hiring/recruiting a dedicated bartender to make the cocktails for you.
- Wedding receptions: Mojitos bring sunshine to any wedding reception.
- Showers: Bright festive times call for fresh, celebratory drinks!
- Anywhere near water: Beaches, swimming pools, lakes—you get the idea.
Mojitos can improve many activities, but operating a vehicle is definitely not one of them. Always enjoy mojitos responsibly!
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