Old Havana Mojito (Mint, Lime & Rum Cocktail)
You have to look to the British Royal Navy to find the origins of Cuba's famous cocktail, according to Alfredo Jose Estrada. In his book, Havana: Autobiography of a City, Estrada points to 1655 when the British conquered Jamaica. Victorious sailors were rewarded with a "tot" (half-a-pint of rum). Decades later, they started adding water and lime juice - to prevent drunkenness and scurvy. And the famous ration gained the name, "Grog."Because Cubans add sugar to practically everything, "Grog" quickly evolved into a much more sophisticated drink - as refreshing as the island itself! The world-famous "Mojito" was born - and Ernest Hemingway couldn't put them away fast enough!
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