Mojito e Ingredientes
The history of the mojito can be traced back to the late 1500s, tied closely to an expedition of privateer Francis Drake (the guy who sailed around the globe) to South America. After a failed pirating invasion of Havana, Cuba, Drake's crew became wounded and weakened from dysentery. Drake sent a boarding party to fetch the ingredients for a remedy used by the natives (and possibly African slaves)—a mixture of mint, lime, and a crude form of rum.
The leading theory for the drink's origin in Cuba relates to African slaves who worked sugar cane fields. It's contended that, since the Africans discovered and frequently drank guarapo—juice extracted from sugar cane—they likely also incorporated mint and/or lime at some point, which then spread to the rest of Cuba's inhabitants. This also supports the origin of the drink's name. Mojito likely is an extension of the African term, "mojo," a word related to charm and magic.
Prep: 5 min | Cooking: 0 min | Total: 5 min
Makes 1 glass
Fresh mint leaves (10 leaves)
Club soda (3/4 cup)
White rum (1 oz.)
White granulated sugar (1 tsp)
Lime juice (2 tbsp)
Grind mint using a mortar and pestle or muddler. If you do not have a mortar and pestle, use the base of your glass (so long as it's reasonably thick) and grind using the back end of a spatula or apple peeler—something with a broad, rounded handle.
Transfer mint to the glass intended to serve. Pour and mix in club soda, rum, sugar, and lime juice. Add ice until liquid meets the brim. Serve with a lime wedge and whole mint leaves for decoration.