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Mojito: A Little Lime and a Little Bit of Soul

Updated on November 22, 2011
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Mojito means 'to cast a little spell'

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History of Mojito

Mojito is the national drink of Cuba, but its history is a little fuzzy. It may have been invented in the 16th century in honor of Sir Francis Drake. He's the Englishman famous for making the second circumnavigation of the globe. It seems like kicking back with a Mojito while under that much pressure might not be such a bad idea.

It is a cocktail that was introduced initially in Cuba but now enjoyed worldwide.There are plenty of other theories out there, but whatever its origins; the Mojito is quite arguably one of the best cocktails to be invented.

Made of rum, lime and mint, it is an invigorating and exotic drink. It's sweet yet still refreshing and quite chic looking. They're great at a barbecue, paired with a delicate white fish and vegetables at dinner or alone at a cocktail party. Knowing how to whip up this Cuban recipe will impress all of your friends at your next party.

When life gives you limes, make a mojito!
When life gives you limes, make a mojito! | Source

The Co-author of Latin Chic,Carolina Buia has commended that many designers and socialites enjoy this cocktail.

Mojito was first concocted in Cuba and gained recognition along with Bacardi rum. Mojito means to bewitch or 'to cast a magic charm.'

Mr. Dennis Dalponte, the owner of Dalponte Farms and a Mint grower has confirmed that Mojito is at its best when it has mint of good quality.

You can savor the relish of a perfect Mojito when the lime and mint are mixed properly. A muddler is used to mix the items in a cocktail glass. The back of the spoon is commonly used if a muddler is not available. Muddler is best for mixing the ingredients as it pulls out the flavor as well as oil from the lime and mint.

Strawberry Mojito, 1/2 cup of strawberries
Strawberry Mojito, 1/2 cup of strawberries | Source
Classic Mojito
Classic Mojito | Source
Bacardi, club soda,spearmint,sugar and lime
Bacardi, club soda,spearmint,sugar and lime | Source

Ingredients


  • 10 Fresh leaves of spearmint
  • 1/2 Fresh Lime
  • 2 tablespoons of syrup (sugar mixed with water)
  • 1 and 1/2 oz of Bacardi rum
  • 2 oz Club Soda of your choice
  • 1 cup crushed ice



Background Music While Making Mojito

Making of Mojito


  • Put the mint leaves, lime juice and powdered sugar into the cocktail glass.
  • Once that's done, mix the ingredients together with a spoon, making sure to crush the mint leaves. This will help their bright natural flavor infuse into the drink.
  • When you're finished with step two, add the rum and ice and stir all the ingredients together.
  • To finish off this simple recipe, add your club soda and voila, an authentic Cuban Mojito.

Get a glass having lime and spearmint leaves on it and mix them with a muddler. You can use the bottom of the glass or a spoon if you don't have a muddler.
Get a glass having lime and spearmint leaves on it and mix them with a muddler. You can use the bottom of the glass or a spoon if you don't have a muddler. | Source
Pour the syrup.
Pour the syrup. | Source
Pour crushed ice after pouring syrup or sugar over the juice/flavor extracted from the mint and lime.
Pour crushed ice after pouring syrup or sugar over the juice/flavor extracted from the mint and lime. | Source
Pour in the club soda and rum.
Pour in the club soda and rum. | Source
To make it more presentable, garnish it using mint leaves and a slice of lime.
To make it more presentable, garnish it using mint leaves and a slice of lime. | Source
Voila!
Voila! | Source

For such a lovely and well known drink, the Mojito is surprisingly easy to make. And, for a little extra color and flavor, think about adding ice cubes with fresh raspberries frozen inside.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you anglnwu, go ahead and give the mojito a try. I'm sure you'll like it.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for the compliment Ish Mael and for dropping by to comment. Cheers!

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Tirelesstraveler, the music of the Beach Boys is indeed music to drink by. Getting the setting right further adds to the pleasure. Thank you for your comment.

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      6 years ago

      YOur pictures are great, making this easy to follow. The mojita drink looks delicious--got to give it a try. Thanks and rated up.

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      Ish Mael 

      6 years ago

      This is a superb drink. Perfect for ladies like you... light and fancy with a little kick. Nice photos you have here. Are those your hands? You've got great set of hands. Great hub. Let's drink to that!

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Really like the Beach Boys video. Nice music to make a drink by

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you very much for your kind words emichael and scsunshine. Cheers!

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      scsunshine 

      6 years ago from sc

      Very good hub. Easy to follow directions with excellent pictures and videos.

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      emichael 

      6 years ago from New Orleans

      One of my favorites :)

      Great hub and nice pictures!

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