Being of Cuban decent, the Mojito is the Barrister’s summer go-to cocktail. Considered one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails, the Mojito undoubtedly gained its popularity during prohibition; legal rum was plenty and Americans were thirsty.
Some say the Mojito gets its name from the Spanish word “mojar” which translates to “a little bit wet”. Others say Mojito is from the African word “mojo”, meaning “to cast a spell.”
Hemingway has been credited for scribbling on a napkin “Mi mojito en La Bodeguita, Mi daiquiri en El Floridita.” Said napkin still hangs above the bar of La Bodeguita. However, historians doubt the great writer said as much and question the authenticity of the writing on the napkin.
3 oz. Sparkling Water
2 oz. Rum (Silver/Light)
1.5 oz. Lime Juice (Fresh)
Handful of Mint oz.
1-2 tsp. Sugar
Prepare a Highball or Collins glass. Add sugar, lime juice, and mint. Muddle the mix, but do not bruise or tear the mint. Add rum and ice, stir. Top with soda water.