The Mojito is thought to have originated way back in the 15th century, just as the trade routes to the Caribbean were being established. European sailors putting into the new ports on Cuba having a hand in mixing the Rum, brewed by the indigenous population, with various herbs and fruits available on the island. 

The cultivation of sugar cane in the 19th century saw sugar too being added to the mix and, by changing to using white Bacardi Rum the after the mid-1800s – developed the Mojito into something approaching our modern one. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s, in Sloppy Joe’s Bar Manual, that the Mojito cocktail recipe that we all know and use now was written down.


  • 1 measure Havana Club 
  • ½ measure lime juice or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon castor sugar
  • 4-8 mint leaves (depends how strong you like the mint taste)
  • sparkling water 


Place sugar and lemon juice into a tumbler. Add mint leaves and crush. Add ice cubes and Havana Club. Mix and dilute with sparkling water.