Submitted by ub on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:10

During the 1960s, many Cubans who fled that gorgeous Caribbean island, known as the Pearl of the Antilles to escape Castro's revolution helped the CUBA LIBRE gain it's way to popularity in the good old USA. Long dominated by a generation of elder drinkers, this popular tropical beverage appears to have been around for a long, long time.

Now, a new generation of Cubanos is taking the Rum and Coke to new highs... Many Miami Cubans call it mentirita, or a lie because Cuba is no longer truly independent.

Nevertheless, celebrate May 20th, aka Cuban Independence Day with a cold CUBA LIBRE Rum and Coke, or perhaps a nice and tasty MOJITO.

There are countless recipes for the Mojito but this version is for the one Hemingway himself enjoyed at the Mojito's place of birth: La Bodeguita del Medio in Habana, Cuba. If you are throwing a Cuban theme party, plan on serving mojitos.

1 Teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
4 Mint leaves
1 Sprig of mint
Havana Club white Rum (2 ounces)
2 Ounces club soda

Mojito is a combination of sugar, fresh lime, rum, and garnished with mint leaves. Rum, when consumed in moderation, has the ability to lower your risk for heart disease and the fresh lime contains vitamin C and antioxidants. Try substituting honey for the sugar as an even healthier option.


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