The Mojito cocktail is one of the best known cocktails, and it is also one of the oldest. The invention of the Mojito is attributed to Francis Drake, better known as "El Draque" (the dragon). Francis Drake was an English explorer who went around the world in 1578, he had a landmark located in Cuba, the island of youth ("Isla de la juventud"). It is here that between 2 lootings Francis Drake tasted the ancestor of the Mojito which was composed of crushed mint leaves and aguardiente, a cocktail baptized "Drake" (in homage to the captain of the crew) then later " Draquecito".
In the middle of the 20th century, the Draquecito was renamed "Mojito", a mixture of "mojadito" meaning wet and "mojo" (Cuban sauce which means "casting a spell" in African). It is then made with rum now refined by the Cuban mafia.
In Cuba, the mojito has become a true national emblem, the writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) plays a role in the popularity of the cocktail he enjoys tasting in the Havana bar "La Bodeguita del Medio". Mojitos began to be exported to the United States and then to Europe to finally experience the worldwide success that we know today.
Today the sugar can be replaced with simple syrup which will mix better.
⚠️ A common mistake not to be repeated: lemon wedges should not be crushed, only sugar and mint are crushed in the lime juice and sugar. The mint must be crushed in order to diffuse the aromas, the presence of lemon wedges would prevent this and make your mojito bland in mint. There are also no lemon wedges in the original recipe (only juice), they are only used here to adorn and visually enrich your mojito.