How To Make A Mojito
The mojito is one of my go-to cocktails and Ive especially come to love versions made with passion fruit from one of my favorite local Peurto Rican restaurants here in Virginia Beach as well as some of my favorite restaurants in Miami.
I personally think mojitos are one of the easiest cocktails to make at home. White rum is a standard of most home bars, and limes, mint and sparkling water are easy to find and super affordable. Fresh passionfruit can be found in most well stocked super markets or your local Latin market or frozen passion fruit puree can be found in the freezer aisle. If using frozen passion fruit puree make sure to thaw it before making your cocktail.
To make a mojito start by muddling together mint and lime juice. Add passion fruit pulp or puree and rum and stir to combine. Add ice and top with sparkling water and the prettiest sprigs of mint you can find. Kick off your shoes, head outside and start sipping for your instant getaway in a glass.
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History Of The Mojito
Traditionally a mojito is a combination of lime juice, mint, sugar, rum and sparkling water. The mojito is one of the most popular cocktails to have originated in Cuba though there are competing stories in its origins.
One story holds that the mojito was created by African slaves working the Cuban sugar cane fields in the 18th century. An older story goes back to the 1500s, where after an unsuccessful raid, the crew of Sir Francis Drake was suffering from scurvy and given a tonic by the local Indian population. This tonic consisted of lime, fermented cane juice and mint. The mojito later became one of the most popular cocktails thanks to Ernest Hemingways love of the version served at Le Bodeguita del Medio , a bar in Havana.
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