The name Mojito is derived from the word mojo (charm or spell) and the Spanish suffix ito, meaning little or smallBesides The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway's legacy includes popularizing a number of cocktail recipes; the most famous of which is the Mojito.
Some claim the drink was invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba, where Hemingway drank them, along with celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot, Nat King Cole, Jimmy Durante, and Erroll Flynn. There is a counterclaim that the drink dates back to the 1500's when it was made with a crude forerunner of rum called Aguardiente, and was called the Draque, a drink touted for its medicinal purposes. small muddler Either way, the recipe is simple and the drink is refreshing. And Paper and More stocks a perfectly suitable muddler (shown below) for mashing the mint and lime for your Mojito. Muddling the ingredients is key to making a good Mojito.
There are several variations of the recipe. Feel free to experiment - some use champagne or other sparkling beverages in place of the club soda.
- 4 mint leaves lime (for juicing)
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces club soda
- 1 sprig of mint (for garnishing)
- crushed ice
- Put the mint leaves into a Collins glass and squeeze the lime juice over them.
- Add the powdered sugar and then muddle the mint, lime juice and sugar together.
- Add crushed ice.
- Stir in the rum and top off with the club soda.
- Garnish with a mint sprig.
Another recipe can be found on an interesting 'interactive' website for La Bodeguita del Medio. (known by locals as La B del M). You can download PDF versions of their recipe in convenient versions for one, five, ten or twenty Mojitos.
The website also 'fronts' Havan Cultura. According to the website "Havana Cultura exists to enable Havana's artists to show the world what they do, and to let the world see and hear what they have to say about their work, their life and their city. It's an international effort, originating in Havana and made possible by Havana Club International S.A."