The mojito is a marriage of zesty citrus and mint with a touch of sweetness. This refreshing combination makes the mojito a favorite summertime cocktail. On July 11, celebrate National Mojito Day with this essential oil-infused recipe.

The mojito originated in Havana, Cuba. Supposedly, Sir Francis Drake’s crew members went ashore in Cuba seeking a remedy for an outbreak of scurvy and dysentery on the ship. They returned with limes, which are rich in vitamin C and an effective treatment for scurvy, “burning water”, which was essentially a rum/sugar mixture, and mint. The story goes that this was the first marriage of these ingredients. At that time, the drink was dubbed “El Draque” after Mr. Drake.

Later on, sometime in the 19th century, the drink was renamed mojito, which may be a variation of the Spanish word mojado, which means “wet.” Some sources say the mojito was a favorite drink of Earnest Hemingway. Whether or not this is true, it lends a bit of sophistication and class to an old favorite.

Essential Oil-Infused Mojito Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 shots white rum

2 limes

1.5 tablespoons agave nectar

2 drops spearmint essential oil

4 drops lime essential oil

Mint sprigs

About 1.5 cups ice

Club soda

Instructions

  1. In a tall glass, combine rum, juice from one lime, agave, and essential oils and mix well.
  2. Add a couple mint sprigs and ice to two drinking glasses.
  3. Pour half of rum mixture over ice in each glass. Top off with club soda. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve immediately. Why not use a fancy straw for added sophistication!

Cheers! and Happy National Mojito Day!


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