Watermelon Mojito

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watermelon cocktailWhat’s the perfect way to capture summer all year long? A well-mixed Mojito, of course. Irresistibly fresh the mojito is sure to set your feet to salsa beat. Now that the weather has warmed up I find myself thinking about this cocktail.

It’s said to have been a favorite of Hemingway. But of course all rum drinks were said to be a favorite of Hemingway. Still there a reason why this drink is so popular. It’s delicious.

A proper mojita consists of rum, sugar syrup, lime, soda water and mint leaves. It’s said to have its origins in a mixture of sucrose, water and rum that the Cuban slaves drank in the early 1800s. But it didn’t begin showing itself in print until the 1930′s.

Mojitos got their start in Cuba. That’s where Hemingway became acquainted with them. With the great migration of Cubans to the US in the mid 1900′s Mojitos were soon seen in places like Key West. But they really caught on in the later part of that century after they landed at trendy bars in Miami. Pretty soon we were drinking them all over this country. I’d go as far as saying they have become a modern classic.

Well it may be a classic and it may be perfect just the way it is. But it’s summer. I have watermelon on my mind too. Heck, I even have watermelon in my refrigerator. So into the muddle went my melon.

This is what I came up with. GREG