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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Mojito Day & A Coconut Mojito Recipe

A coconut Mojito. Photo courtesy
FirewaterBars.com.

 

July 11th is National Mojito Day, a time to relax with a tall glass of rum, ice, sugar and mint.

While we’re great fans of the original Mojito recipe, here‘s a variation from Cruzan rum, a distiller that makes both conventional and flavored rums on the Caribbean island of St. Croix:
 
COCONUT MOJITO RECIPE

Ingredients Per Drink

  • 2 parts light rum or Cruzan Aged Light Rum
  • 1 part coconut rum
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Coconut water or coconut soda (check at Latin American markets)
  • Ice cubes
  • Mint sprigs wrapped for garnish
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    Preparation

    1. Muddle mint, lime and sugar in a cocktail shaker; top with rums and ice. Shake 2 times to mix.

    2. POUR into glass. Top with coconut water/soda.

    Variations

    You can add cranberry juice to make a Cranberry Mojito, or muddle raspberries for a Raspberry Mojito.

    For more intense coconut flavor, check out the Coquito Mojito, a recent winner in a Florida cocktail competition.

    And if you love beets, try this Beet Mojito.

     
    MOJITO HISTORY

    The mojito (moe-HEE-toe) is a quintessential Cuban cocktail. The name derives from the African voodoo term mojo, to cast a small spell.

    The drink can be traced to 1586, when Sir Francis Drake and his pirates unsuccessfully attempted to sack Havana for its gold. His associate,* Richard Drake (a possible distant relative), was said to have invented a mojito-like cocktail known as El Draque, “The Drake.” It was made with aguardiente, a crude forerunner of rum, sugar, lime and mint.

    Around the mid-1800s, rum was substituted and the cocktail became known as a Mojito.
     
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    *His position was “factor and prize agent.”
      




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