There is nothing like a classic mojito on a warm summer afternoon. This refreshing and spritzy beverage is great for backyard BBQs, for ladies’ night or just because.
Food That Pairs Well With A Classic Mojito
This sort of drink pairs great with tapas such as tamales, empanadas, chorizo, tortilla chips and salsa. In fact, almost anything spicy goes great with this alcoholic beverage as the mint is so cooling on one’s palate!
Or, if you are not in the entertainment sort of mood (after all, we all need a little “me-time” now and again), if you have a wrap-around porch on your house, try this instead of the usual lemonade during a warm summer’s eve…unless said lemonade has mint and a bit of rum or vodka in it.
The great thing about this drink is that it is a real crowd-pleaser (but it tends to annoy bartenders due to the amount of work and effort that goes into making a glass). Unless your patrons have a thing against minty-freshness, this is a great go-to drink when you don’t know what else to serve! While it is served mostly on the rocks, I have been to a bar or two where they actually serve it frozen, but personally, I prefer my classic mojito on the rocks.
History of The Mojito
This delightful cocktail hails from Cuba! Though different sources state varying origins of this drink, we do know that it is a highball that originated in the tropics. Whether it was originally used to aid sailors in scurvy and dysentery or was created by those who worked the sugarcane fields to relax after long hours in the sun, what we do know for sure is that notables from around the world enjoyed this drink, including Sir Francis Drake and Ernest Hemmingway.
Cuban locals have had rudimentary versions of this well-known drink way before it ever came into the limelight. With one of the main crops being sugarcane, and with rum being a beverage that is distilled from said crop, it is no wonder that people would grab other ample ingredients, mix it together and make a lovely “spell” such as this.
While Springfield, Missouri is a beautiful place to be, it is always nice to get a taste of the tropics a few times a year, especially when travelling to Cuba isn’t always feasible with our busy lifestyles. Bring Cuba to You!!
So there! You have learned more than enough to be a savvy-mojito-making know-it-all; the only thing left is to go out there and make a few (and be sure to call me when you do)!
Love and hugs,