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The Mojito
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Cuba’s Mojito is the hybrid of drinks. It’s either a Rum Rickey with a muddling of mint or a Mint Julep made with rum, lime juice and seltzer. Consider it what you will, the drink is a Cuban favorite—even while it has an English pedigree. That’s because it stems from El Draque, sometimes called the first cocktail (an erroneous distinction, since it contains no bitters). The drink is named for the British privateer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed to Cuba in 1586, intending to sack its gold stores. Instead, his crew was stricken ill with dysentery or cholera. The remedy was a mixture of sugar, limes and mint, all easily accessible. It isn’t clear whether the spirituous …
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