What could be better than a chilled glass of refreshing mojito on a hot day? Not surprisingly, this drink was given a day on the holiday calendar – National Mojito Day. The classic recipe consists of white rum, sparkling water, mint, lime juice, and sugar, and is one of the nation’s favorite drinks. It is valued for freshness, unique flavor notes, and it also goes well with fruits, berries, and herbs.
Mojito first appeared in 1586 in Cuba. Historians have not yet found the exact version of how the drink was invented, so there are at least three versions. The Cuban one sounds the most plausible. Francis Drake was looking for an effective remedy for scurvy, as well as dysentery. The solution turned out to be not only effective but also tasty. Initially, it was made from a South American liqueur, mint, and sugar cane. The ship’s crew noticed an improvement in their condition and took to the drink with gusto.
- The birthplace of mojito is considered to be an island of Cuba – La Bodeguita del Medio. In 1931, two drinks appeared on the bar’s menu – a mojito with gin, as well as one with rum.
- In 1939, a mojito recipe appeared in El Floridita’s Book of Cocktails.
- The mojito’s popularity is partly attributed to Ernest Hemingway. It is rumored to have been the writer’s favorite drink when he lived in Havana.
- In 2016, a poll showed that the mojito is the favorite cocktail of the French and the British.
- Mojito recipes are endless. The drink is made with pineapple, ginger, lychee, basil, peach, and strawberries.
How to take part
The easiest and most enjoyable way to celebrate National Mojito Day is to gather a group of friends and go to your favorite cafe or bar. You can organize a family day at the pool and barbecue, or at the entertainment center. Come up with your own mojito recipe with your favorite fruits, berries, and spices. And if you prefer a classic taste, mix soda water, lime juice, rum, your favorite syrup, and sugar, and don’t forget fresh mint leaves.
If the weather is hot and you want something unusual, make mojito ice cream – mix condensed milk and cream, freeze it, then add some rum, lime juice, and mint leaves.
Surely you will be interested to know the history of the mojito, so read about it on the Internet and talk about it on social networks.
When is National Mojito Day celebrated in 2023?
National Mojito Day is observed on July 11 each year.