Summer is in, temperature is in all time high (120s) and I miss Miami. They said that cucumber has cooling properties. Since I needed to cool off from all this heat and save on my energy bill, I decided to take the theory to heart and mix cucumber, vodka and pineapples, thus, creating my own version of a mojito.
The only time I drink Mojitos is when I visit Miami. They have a special kind, I swear, that you cannot find anywhere else. I think they have a secret ingredient that comes directly from Cuba. I hope you enjoy my rendition. Stay cool!
Next time you have a runny tummy…lol – love this story
One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as “El Drake”, after Francis Drake.In 1586, after his successful raid at Cartagena de Indias Drake’s ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses; so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back with ingredients for a medicine which was effective. The ingredients were aguardiente de caña (translates as fire water, a crude form of rum from sugar cane) added with local tropical ingredients; lime, sugarcane juice and mint. Drinking lime juice in itself would have been a great help in staving off scurvy and dysentery. Tafia/Rum was used as soon as it became widely available to the British (ca. 1650). Mint, lime and sugar were also helpful in hiding the harsh taste of this spirit. While this drink was not called a Mojito at this time, it was still the original combination of these ingredients. 1
7 minPrep Time
7 minTotal Time
- 5 slices cucumber (1 for garnish)
- 2 slices pineapples cut into four
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Cucumber Lime Vodka (or any citrus vodka)
- Ice cubes
Chop 4 slices of cucumber, and pineapples into small cubes. In a long cup begin to assemble cucumbers, pineapples and sugar. Press it down twice then fill cup up to the top with ice. Pour vodka over it and stir.