The house of Chandon added a little twist to this popular cocktail.
Every Cocktail has its Story: The word “mojito” (pronounced mo-HEE-toe) originate from the African word “mojo” which translates ” to place a spell”. This spellbinding drink was not mentioned until the 1500’s when the English pirate Sir Francis Drake mixed “aguardiente” an early version of rum, sugar, lime and some mint together. Of course it was a primitive version and was called “El Draque” (the Dragon). “The Dragon” with the treasure hunting pirates made its journey to Cuba where first was used for medicinal purposes (which purpose is still in use – the medicinal usage that is). Cuba since centuries has excellent quality sugar canes and rum production and so became the birthplace of the “mojito”.
As to how this drink ventured to the US, Chandon has the rest of the story: ” We might just have Ernest Hemingway to thank for the mojito. Back in the 1930s, when he was not working on books like “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Hemingway could be found deep-sea fishing with his buddy Joe Russell, the owner of Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Havana. When Russell opened a location near Hemingway’s home in Key West in 1933, he introduced his signature “mojito”drink to American patrons. The rest is cocktail history….”