“My Mojito in La Bodeguita, My Daiquiri in El Floridita.” … Ernest Hemingway.
La Bodeguita and El Floridita were favorite Ernest Hemingway haunts in Havana. If you’ve read anything by or about Hemingway, you won’t be surprised that he lingered as regularly as possible in the proximity of his favorite drinks. La Bodeguita was his place for Mojitos.
If you are traveling to Cuba, you too can sample a Mojito a la Hemingway at the La Bodeguita. If you’re not heading to Havana any time soon, you can also find an inviting Mojito at the Columbia Cafe, a Cuban restaurant just outside Ybor City, Tampa, FL. Staying closer to home? The Mojito recipe below should serve you well.
Want to round out your Mojito into a meal to suit a summer evening with friends? Try the simple Cuban menu below. Ahead of time, you’ll need to toss the chicken in the Mojo marinade, start the beans (if making from scratch) and make the fruit salsa. Just before guests arrive, fry the plantains and get the rice ready to go. Once your guests arrive, you can sit outdoors and sip your Mojito while the smell of chicken wafts off the grill. Nice.
Cuban Summer Menu
Fried Plantain Slices
Rice and Black Beans
Recipe By: A Global Garnish, LLC
4 tablespoons lime juice and lime for garnish
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
4 sprigs mint, fresh
4 ounces rum, white
4 ounces seltzer
1. In a small pitcher, mix lime juice and sugar.
Reserve 2 mint sprigs and tear leaves from the other 2 sprigs. Add torn leaves to the lime juice and sugar. Divide into two tall glasses.
2. Fill glasses with ice and then add rum. Finish with seltzer, a sprig of mint and a slice of lime in each glass.