Each year on July 11th, people across America raise a glass to mark National Mojito Day. The cocktail consists of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint.

The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball, and while rumored to be a drink favored by the author, Ernest Hemingway, it’s never been proven. It seems the story behind Hemingway and the Mojito is a tall tale to attract visitors and to sell drinks. Isn’t every origin story behind a drink designed to sell more of the original anyway? 

Libbey Mixologist 9-Piece Cocktail Set  by Libbey
Libbey Mixologist 9-Piece Cocktail Set

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Whether Hemingway ever had a mojito or even liked it, doesn’t matter. With a low alcohol content, this refreshing cocktail gains popularity in the summertime for its refreshing combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors. The exhilarating flavor says summer and stimulates the palate, too. The Mojito serves up a perfect pairing with barbecues and evenings at the beach.

Lime wedges and mint leaves garnish an ice filled glass of Mojito. 

I decided to explore more after the drink was featured in a movie.  In the Bond film Die Another Day.  So I decided to introduce my family and friends after trying them myself.  I even found a great recipe to make it a punch for a party.

Although born in Cuba, the exact origin of the Mojito remains under debate with roots as early as 1586.

JoyJolt Gwen Highball Glasses Set of 4 Tall Drinking Glasses. 18oz Cocktail Glass Set. Lead-Free Crystal Glassware. Bourbon or Whiskey Glass Cup, Bar, Iced Tea, Water, Mojito and Tom Collins Glasses  by JoyJolt
JoyJolt Gwen Highball Glasses Set of 4 Tall Drinking Glasses. 18oz Cocktail Glass Set. Lead-Free Crystal Glassware. Bourbon or Whiskey Glass Cup, Bar, Iced Tea, Water, Mojito and Tom Collins Glasses

by JoyJolt

A variety of recipes add fruit to the Mojito for unique summer combinations. The already refreshing beverage lends itself to being mixed in large pitchers for serving a crowd or individual drinks for one or two people. Mixes also offer the simplicity of just adding rum. However, fresh, simple ingredients bring out the best flavor of a Mojito. 

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Mix up a pitcher to enjoy mojitos with friends on the patio or deck. It will hit the spot on a hot summer day, too. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.) 

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For more fun drinks to try this summer check out these related holidays.



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