Local Bars Are Loving the Mojito this Summer

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When it comes to refreshing summer cocktails, few can compare to the classic Mojito. With its combination of lime, fresh mint, soda water, and a generous splash of rum, it’s hard to imagine a sunny day without one. However, even though we’ve been enjoying this beverage for decades, how much do we actually know about it? This month in honor of National Mojito Day that has passed on July 11th, one of your favorite bars, Stella Blu, is discussing a bit of history on one of our favorite cocktails, along with what makes it so special!

Origins and Cultural Roots

The Mojito’s origins can be traced back to 16th-century Cuba, when the island was under Spanish colonial rule. It is believed to have been inspired by a popular medicinal drink called “El Draque.” It was named after Sir Francis Drake, the English explorer and privateer who sailed the Caribbean.

The Mojito’s name is believed to be derived from the Spanish word “mojar,” meaning “to moisten” or “to wet.” The drink was named after the act of moistening the lime and mint leaves to release their flavors.

The Mojito Evolves

The early version of the Mojito was a mixture of aguardiente (a crude form of rum), lime juice, sugar, and mint. Aguardiente, meaning “firewater” in Spanish, was a potent and harsh spirit made from sugarcane juice.

As the popularity of the cocktail grew, it underwent a transformation. Aguardiente was gradually replaced by rum. This was a smoother and more refined spirit readily available in Cuba due to the island’s abundant sugarcane production.

Gaining Popularity

During the 19th century, the Mojito gained popularity among Cuban farmers, who found the cocktail refreshing while working in the sugarcane fields. It was also favored by sailors and pirates. The ingredients, such as lime and mint, were believed to have medicinal properties and helped combat scurvy and other ailments. Today, many variations of the Mojito have been created with ingredients like blackberry, coconut, pineapple, strawberry, and many other flavors!

The Mojito’s rise to international fame can be also attributed, in part, to American author Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway frequented La Bodeguita del Medio, a renowned bar in Havana. His endorsement of the Mojito helped solidify its reputation as a classic cocktail. In fact, a framed quote that is attributed to him still adorns the walls of La Bodeguita del Medio: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita.”


Looking for “Bars Near Me?” Come to Stella Blu!

Whether you’re craving a savory dinner or are looking to enjoy apps and cocktails with your friends, we have a little bit of everything to cater to all your taste buds. To explore all of our delicious food and drink options at Stella Blu, we encourage you to check out our online menu. In the meantime, we look forward to dining with you!

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