No one knows the exact origins of the Mojito. Some historians believe that it dates back to 1586 when it was used as a medicinal drink. In fact, according to the story, an early version of the Mojito was named the Draque, after Sir Frances Drake who was sent to Havana by Queen Elizabeth 1.
The Draque consisted of aguardiente, a crude cane spirit that eventually evolved into rum, sugar, lime and mint. The Draque became the Mojito when Don Fecund Bacardi Masso established the Bacardi company.
However, local ledged has it that the first Mojito was created in Bodeguita del Medio, a bar in Havana. The bar also boasts a sign, apparently hand-written by Ernest Hemingway, that reads, "My Mojito in La Bodeguita My Daiquiri in El Floridita."
Introducing Ms Sans Mojito
The history of Ms Sans Mojito is much easier to explain. While there were cocktail mixers available, customers kept telling me that they were confused about what non-alcoholic spirit to add to them. The Ms Sans collection is pre-mixed with my own non-alcoholic spirits so that mocktail making is as fuss-free as possible.
Ms Sans Mojito is pre-mixed with non-alcoholic rum. It's made in Australia, has no added sugar (it's sweetened with a natural fruit extract) and it's also low in calories.
There are multiple ways to enjoy Ms Sans Mojito. Here are my top five suggestions.
1. Ms Sans Classic Mojito Mocktail
A classic Mojito will always hit the spot.
What you need: Ms Sans Mojito, half a lime, a handful of fresh mint leaves and some good quality soda water such as StrangeLove Soda Water.
Get the recipe: Ms Sans Classic Mojito Mocktail
2. Ms Sans Basil and Cucumber Mojito
This is an extra refreshing twist on the classic Mojito. I find that the basil pairs beautifully with the non-alcoholic rum - it's familiar and different at the same time.
What you need: Ms Sans Mojito, a handful of fresh basil, thickly sliced cucumber and some Soda Water.
What to do: Add 6 to 8 basil leaves and 2 slices of cucumber to a sturdy glass and muddle together with a wooden spoon. Top with 125mls of Ms Sans Mojito and top with soda. Garnish with a sprig of basil and a cucumber slice.
3. Ms Sans Champagne Mojito
This take on the classic Mojito is delicious and sophisticated. It's also one that you can make by the batch, so ideal for entertaining.
What you need: Ms Sans Mojito, a premium non-alcoholic sparkling wine such as Next Destination 2021 Langhorne Creek Blanc de Blanc, a mint sprig and some sliced lime.
What to do: Add 125mls of Ms Sans Mojito to a wine glass and top with non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Garnish with mint and lime.
4. Ms Sans Strawberry Jalapeno Mojito
This spicy take on the Mojito has a good amount of sweetness to balance out the kick.
What you need: Ms Sans Mojito, 3 to 4 jalapeno coins, 3 to 4 fresh strawberries and some good quality soda water.
What to do: Place 2 or 3 jalapeno coins in a sturdy glass along with 3 fresh strawberries and muddle with a wooden spoon. Add ice and 125mls of Ms Sans Mojito and then top with soda water. Garnish with a jalapeno coin and strawberry slice.
5. Ms Sans Frojito
The ultimate grown-up slushy, the Ms Sans Frojito is a great way to chill out on a hot summer's day.
What you need: Ms Sans Mojito, a cup of ice and a mint sprig and a lime wheel to garnish.
What to do: Add 125mls of Ms Sans to a blender along with a cup of ice. Blend well until combined. Garnish with a mint spring and lime wheel.