Although the precise origin of this world-famous classic cocktail is a subject of debate, most consider Havana, Cuba, to be the birthplace of the renowned La Mojita, globally known and loved as the Mojito. Historians claim that the Mojito was partially created by African slaves working in Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th century, as the sugar cane juice “Guarapo” which is commonly used in authentic Mojitos, used to be a popular drink among the slaves.
It is thought to be named after mojo, a Cuban seasoning made out of lime. Yet another theory reveals that the word "Mojito" may have been a derivative of the Spanish word mojadito, which literally means “a little wet”.
Routinely drunk by renowned author Ernest Hemingway, as it was his favourite drink. Hemingway made the La Bodeguita del Medio bar famous by regularly visiting it to write there. He even left a handwritten epigraph, signed in his name on it walls, that said, “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita”. The Mojito has enjoyed intense popularity across the world in almost every country as a famously loved and ordered cocktail as well as mocktail. In fact, an international market research company conducted a survey in 2016 which demonstrated that the Mojito is the most popular cocktail in France and the United Kingdom.
- 45 ml Vodka
- 30 ml Lime juice
- 1.5 tablespoons of sugar
- 120 ml club soda
- Mix sugar and lime juice in a Collins glass
- In the Collins glass, tear up the mint leaves and press with the back of a spoon to release the aroma
- Add vodka to the glass
- Fill the glass with ice cubes, then top off with club soda
- Add the raspberries and mix with a spoon to distribute the raspberries and leaves
- Ice cubes
- 5 raspberries
- 6 - 7 mint leaves