National Mojito Day is just around the corner! This July 11th, it’s time to celebrate this delicious, light, summer drink at one of your favorite Merrimack restaurants, El Tapatio! How much do you know about the mojito? Let’s learn all about this famous rum-based highball!
Origins of the Mojito
Despite its popularity, the true birthplace of the Mojito is lost to time. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a rough idea as to where it originated. Though, it’s said that the roots of the Mojito can be traced back to Cuba, hundreds of years ago.
Apparently, it was initially a medicinal drink that helped cure diseases and ward off illnesses. The early Mojito would have been made with rum-like alcohol mixed with a healthy amount of limes, mint, and sugar cane. Over time, it became one of the most famous Cuban highballs.
How’s it Made?
First off, the mojito is traditionally a Cuban highball. What does that mean? Well, one version of the name highball refers to a tall, ice-filled glass. But when highball refers to a drink, they’re most often a combination of alcohol and a non-alcoholic mixer, such as a carbonated beverage.
Therefore, you can learn a lot just from that! Now, let’s get into the detail of how you make a traditional mojito. First, you’ll need:
- Fresh Yerba Buena (you can substitute mint)
- White sugar
- White Rum
- Soda Water
First, you’ll want to place the Yerba Buena, or Mint leaves into the highball glass. Then, squeeze the lime juice into the glass. This is where things get fun. You’ll want to muddle the leaves so the essential oils will be released. Therefore the mint flavor will be added to the drink. Then, you can add your sugar, ice, and rum. Add the soda water last to taste. Delicious!
One of the Best Merrimack Restaurants – El Tapatio
July 11th is just around the corner; therefore, it’s time to think about thinking about rum and mojitos! Scoping out Merrimack restaurants? Of course, we’d love to see you at El Tapatio! We’re serving up the best mojitos around. But don’t take our word for it, visit us today at 707 Milford Road in Merrimack!