Many believe that the Mojito is an evolution of a drink created by Sir Francis Drake. The word comes from the African 'Mojo' meaning little spell. Made famous by Havana's La Bodeguita del Medio bar of which Hemmingway was a patron.
“Drinking a Mojito was like wearing a badge of Cuban heritage, a display and emblem of national pride.”
How to make a Mojito?
1. Muddle the lime wedges and sugar until all juice is released and sugar starts to dissolve. Clap the mint to release flavour and add to glass. Half-fill
glass with crushed ice and add 1 shot of rum.
2. Stir vigorously for 5 seconds. Fill with crushed ice and add the final shot of rum. Stir for a further 5 seconds. Top with mound of crushed ice, soda if required, and finish with a sprig of mint.