Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Origin - Cuba
From the 1500’s to a 2002 James Bond movie, the mojito has had an interesting journey from its creation to being one of the most popular cocktail drinks of all time.
The mojito is an epitome of a refreshing cocktail with simple ingredients of rum, lime juice, club soda, and mint. If you’re feeling a bit thirsty on a hot summer day, this minty, sweet, and sparkling drink is the perfect cocktail for the job.
Each ingredient is specifically selected to quench your thirst, especially during the hot seasons.
[ Fun Fact ]
According to Google Trends, France Googles the term “mojito” more than any other country in the world! (2018)
[ History ]Mojito was born on the island of Cuba but has a quite disputed history. One story traces back to the 16th century, when Sir Francis Drake and his crew sailed to Havana with hopes of stealing the city’s gold. However, things didn't go according to plan and they were hit with a horrendous scurvy epidemic. A small group from his crew mixed local Cuban ingredients and rum to help treat the dreadful disease, which later became known as the “El Draque”.
Others say that mojito was created by African slaves who worked in the Cuban sugar cane fields. The name “mojito” comes from the African word, “mojo”, which means to place a spell.
Although the origin of the drink is unclear, most of the credit goes to the spirits company, Bacardi, in the mid-1800s because it was this family-owned business that helped boost the popularity of the drink along with renowned journalist, Ernest Hemingway, who became a mojito fan after visiting a local Cuban bar.