Miami is the next best place to Havana for a mojito. This Cuban mainstay (pronounced mo-HE-toe) is a combination of mint and citrus flavors, and sweetness. It's refreshing to the palate, and thus the perfect Caribbean / warm weather cocktail.
The mojito's alcoholic ingredient - rum - is indigenous to Cuba, where sugar cane fields yield the drink's other main ingredient: cane sugar juice (also called Guarapo). African slaves who worked in Cuban cane fields during the 1800s are often credited with the drink's invention. Today, purists will grind fresh sugar cane to make a mojito; you can see bartenders do this at any Bahama Breeze restaurant.
Mojito — Photo courtesy of janineomg
No one is sure how mojitos got their name. There's a Cuban seasoning called "mojo," which is made of lime. The Spanish word "mojadito" means "a little wet." Key West's most famous resident, author Ernest Hemingway, helped bring the mojito to prominence by writing of the drink and the bar where he used to consume it.
Recipe: Make this sweet Cuban concoction by placing a dozen mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Add crushed ice, a shot of rum, 1 tablespoon of sugar and half an ounce of lime juice. Muddle. Add two ounces of soda water and garnish with mint leaves. (Purists will grind fresh sugar cane to make the drink; watch bartenders do this at any Bahama Breeze restarant bar).