NATIONAL MOJITO DAY
Each year on July 11th, people across America raise a glass to mark National Mojito Day. The cocktail consists of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint.
The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball, and while rumored to be a drink favored by the author Ernest Hemingway, it’s never been proven. It seems the story behind Hemingway and the Mojito is a tall tale to attract visitors and to sell drinks. Isn’t every origin story behind a drink designed to sell more of the original anyway?
Whether Hemingway ever had a Mojito or even liked it, doesn’t matter. With a low alcohol content, this refreshing cocktail gains popularity in the summertime for its refreshing combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors. The exhilarating flavor says summer and stimulates the palate, too. The Mojito serves up a perfect pairing with barbecues and evenings at the beach.
Lime wedges and mint leaves garnish an ice filled glass of Mojito.
Although born in Cuba, the exact origin of the Mojito remains under debate with roots as early as 1586.
A variety of recipes add fruit to the Mojito for unique summer combinations. The already refreshing beverage lends itself to being mixed in large pitchers for serving a crowd or individual drinks for one or two people. Mixes also offer the simplicity of just adding rum. However, fresh, simple ingredients bring out the best flavor of a Mojito.
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Mix up a pitcher to enjoy Mojitos with friends on the patio or deck. It will hit the spot on a hot summer day, too. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.)
The bright summer flavor of the Mojito also inspires desserts. So, we found some delicious recipes to try. Won’t you share yours, too?
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NATIONAL MOJITO DAY HISTORY
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July 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons co-discovers with Charles Messier the comet once known as Pons-Coggia-Winnecke-Forbes. The discovery is Pon’s first. Throughout his career, he discovers 37 comets in all.
Aaron Burr fatally shots Aaron Burr during a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Babe Ruth makes his professional baseball debut in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox.
Harper Lee publishes To Kill A Mockingbird.
Skylab is destroyed as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. It was the first space station deployed by the United States.
July 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
John Quincy Adams – 1767
Following in his father’s footsteps, John Quincy Adams served as the 6th President of the United States.
Isabel Martin Lewis – 1881
The American astronomer became the first woman assistant astronomer hired by the Naval Observatory.
E.B. White – 1899
The American author and essayist also wrote several popular children’s books, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.
Yul Brynner – 1920
The award-winning Russian-American actor is best known for his role in The King and I.