9. May 2015 by swizzzlestick
“Well, there´s a little joint in Havana called La Bodeguita del Medio. Behind the bar is a framed piece of butcher paper with writing on it, allegedly Hemingway´s. It reads, “My Mojito in La Bodeguita My Daiquiri in El Floridita.” … If he drank it, he generally wrote about it somewhere. Not so with the Mojito. In fact, I´ve not yet encountered a single reference to either the drink or the Bodeguita, in all my twenty-some years of research. … Hemingway simply didn´t like sweet drinks, and the Mojito … is a sweet drink. … I have nothing against the Mojito, it´s a perfectly lovely drink when made correctly, with fresh lime juice, … and with just a trace of mint, not muddled clumps like Sargasso seaweed. … I just don´t think it was among Hemingway´s favorite drinks …“, Philip Greene writes in his book To Have and Have Another.
Ingredients (recipe adapted from Sloppy Joe´s Bar Cocktails Manual, 1939)
2 oz. White Rum, Juice of 1 Lime, 1 tsp Sugar (or 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup), 1-2 oz. Seltzer, 5 Mint Leaves, garnish: Mint Sprig
Shake all ingredients (except seltzer) with ice and strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Then pour seltzer into shaker to rinse ice (and chill seltzer) and strain into the glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Nothing to add to Philip Greene´s words, it is a perfect drink, but simply not Hemingway´s favorite! Now I am going to have another Mojito.