If you’ve ever been to a Cuban bar, you know that mojitos are the most popular drink on the menu. They’re made with sugarcane rum, fresh mint leaves, lime juice and soda water. But where did this sweet and refreshing cocktail come from?
The earliest known recipe for a mixed drink made with rum, sugar and mint appears in “The Bartender’s Guide” by Jerry Thomas in 1887. But the name “mojito” comes from the Cuban city of that name, which was established in 1514 by Spanish colonists.
But how did it get its name? Some say it’s because when you drink it, your breath smells like mint; others say it’s because it gets colder than most cocktails do when served. Either way, people love mojitos!
Our twist on a classic, refreshing favorite: Swap the sugar for agave, and grow the mint yourself! We’re big fans of our Click ‘n’ Grow. For this cocktail, we used apple mint as the base.
- 1.5 oz rum
- 6 leaves fresh mint
- Soda water
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz agave
Muddle mint and lime together. Add lime and agave. Fill glass with ice. Pour rum over ice and fill the rest of the glass with soda water.