Hands up if you've never drunk a Mojito. We're guessing there aren't a lot of hands in the air right now and that's because it's a quintessential, hot South African summer's day drink.
The Classic Mojito combines heady rum with a sweet mint kick that refreshes even the most parched lips. The Original Mojito was said to have originated in Cuba in the late 17th Century, although it probably wasn't called that as there are several theories behind the name, so just indulge us quick:
The mojo theory: the name relates to a Cuban seasoning made from lime and used to flavour dishes.
The mojadito (Spanish for "a little wet") theory: the name is simply the diminutive of the Spanish word "mojado" ("wet").
Whatever its origins are, it doesn't take a Lance Armstrong-type to tell you it's not about the name. Ernest Hemingway was so enamored with the drink that he made the bar called La Bodeguita del Medio famous as he became one of its regulars and he wrote "My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita. " This expression in English can still be read on the wall of the bar today, in his handwriting.
Here at Original Iced, we hope you embody Hemingway's spirit and embibe our Mojito Cocktails in amazing places this Summer. Send us photos on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OriginalCocktails) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/Original_Iced) and stand a chance to win amazing prices in the future.