After returning from a 15-month hunting expedition in British East Africa, former President Theodore Roosevelt was welcomed back to New York with this cocktail. Though the exact ingredients of the original recipe have been lost to time, the surviving sweet rum and vermouth libation is a great way to celebrate almost any occasion or run-of-the-mill Tuesday evening.
- Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves, then immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container (a Mason jar works nicely) and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
The Mojito, in one form or another, has been around for hundreds of years. According to legend, the proto-jito, called El Draque, made with lime, mint, sugar and rum-soaked chuchuhuasi bark, dates back to the 16th century on the ship of Sir Francis Drake where it was used as a health tonic. But over the ensuing ce...