How to prepare the classic mojito?

How to prepare the classic mojito?

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HISTORY OF THE CLASSIC MOJITO COCKTAIL

Lime, sugar, rum, and mint come together in this legendary drink. The story of the mojito is the story of pirates, plunder, and the pursuit of treasure. English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, on his quest for the fountain of youth, was encouraged to sack and plunder Spanish cities in the new world by Queen Elizabeth I. One of Francis Drake’s subordinates, Richard Drake, came up with a cocktail that he spread to all of the sacked cities throughout the Caribbean. His cocktail, the Draque, is the precursor to the mojito. This was thought to be a medicinal drink that helped pirates stave off scurvy. Locals would consume it as a cure to many diseases that were so common at the time. The Draque evolved into the mojito when the founder of Bacardi rum substituted the original aquardiente liquor with light rum. After colonial imperialism, the popularity of this drink was further increased by Hemingway’s writings of life in Cuba.

The name ‘mojito’ comes from the African word ‘mojo’ which means to place a little spell on.

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 5-10 fresh mint leaves (used dried and you’ll not be loving life)
  • 2 tablespoons of cane sugar
  • 3 oz. light rum
  • Juice of 1 lime, or two key limes
  • Club soda
  • Ice

Procedure:

  1. Tearthe mint into a highball glass.
  2. Add sugar and lime juice.
  3. Mashwith a pestle. There are special mojito pestles available in Latin markets. (Nice touch, but the butt end of a wooden spoon is how Richard Drake did it.)
  4. Fill glass with ice.
  5. Add rum and club soda. Stir.
  6. Serve with a spring of mint and slice of lime for garnish.


plunder- fosztogatás, fosztogató
pursuit of treasure - kincskeresés
corsair - kalóz
quest (for) – kutatás, keresés
subordinate – alárendelt, beosztott
to come up with – előrukkol valamivel
to spread – terjed, elterjed
precursor - előfutár
to stave off – elhárít, távol tart
scurvy - skorbut
to consume - fogyaszt
disease - betegség
common – megszokott, átlagos
to evolve into – kialakul, fejlődik valamivé
to substitute - helyettesít
to increase - növekszik
spell - bűbáj
mint leaf - mentalevél
cane sugar - nádcukor
to tear - tép
to mash - összenyom
pestle - mozsártörő

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