National Mojito Day – July 11, 2020

Sat Jul 11

National Mojito Day on July 11 deserves a drink, so let’s toast. What more do you need on a hot summer’s day than to cool off with this classic minty cocktail? The mojito ranks among the nation’s favorite cocktails and is traditionally made with white rum, lime juice, sugar, mint, and sparkling water. It’s a cocktail that is enjoyed for its fresh and unique taste and although the recipe has been revamped many times over with herbs and fruits the classic is still the most adored. So, there’s only one thing left to do. Fill up your glass, put your feet up, and enjoy a mojito or two (we won’t judge) in the sun.

History of National Mojito Day

The mojito is a Cuban creation dating back to 1586. An old tale claims that Sir Francs Drake was seeking out a cure for scurvy and dysentery after his invasion of Cartagena de Indias on his way to Cuba. He returned with a solution – the mojito. It included aguardiente (a distilled South American liquor), mint, and sugarcane. The unusual concoction went down a treat with his crew and many reported reduced symptoms. That mojito was said to be created on La Bodeguita del Medio, an island in Cuba with a bar that the owners still to this day claim was the birthplace of the mojito.

In 1931, a ‘‘Sloppy Joes Havana Bar’’ gave away a cocktail menu and listed on it was a pair of mojito’s – one with gin, one with rum. The recipe was then published in the ‘‘El Floridita Cocktail Book’’ in 1939. Since then, the drink has grown in popularity.

The drink’s rise in popularity in the early 20th century is partly attributed to the author Ernest Hemmingway. It was rumored to be his favorite drink. The mojito is a drink that has become synonymous with summer. It’s fresh taste and cool temperature mixes perfectly with a hot summer’s day. A survey in 2016 found that the mojito was the most popular cocktail in both France and Britain.

National Mojito Day timeline

2002

The Name’s Bond

Pierce Brosnan drinks a mojito in ‘‘Die Another Day’’ popularizing the drink.

1930’s

Boisson

The likes of Brigitte Bardot, as well as other celebrities, admit their love for the drink.

1800’s

Havana Ooh Na Na

The mojito is popular in Cuba and the drink becomes refined over the next hundred years.

1500’s

The Draque Remix

Francis Drake mixes lime, sugar, and mint and calls it ‘‘El Draque’’ as a medicinal mixture.

National Mojito Day FAQs

When is National Mojito Day in the UK?

In the UK, National Mojito Day is on July 11. On this day Brits are taken back to Havana and encouraged to make and drink mojitos to their heart’s content.

Is there a world alcohol day?

No, but there is an unofficial World No Alcohol Day on October 2.

What other national drink day is there?

National Beverage Day on May 6 encourages us to sit back, relax, and enjoy our favorite beverages.

National Mojito Day Activities

  1. Make your own mojito

    Follow the original recipe or be creative and add other ingredients according to your mood. For the classic, put together lime juice, rum, sugar, syrup, soda, and mint. Add some crushed ice and stir. Put it in a pitcher and share it with your guests.

  2. Create your own mojito ice cream

    Blend some condensed milk and whipped cream and voila! These two ingredients will freeze without needing an ice cream maker. Then later add 150ml of rum, four limes, and fresh mint leaves.

  3. Try Mojito cupcakes

    Try making mojito cupcakes using recipes online. A popular approach is to create a lime-flavored cupcake with a mint-lime syrup covered in rum and lime buttercream. This will impress even the most skeptical guests.

5 Facts About National Mojito Day

  1. Seven, twenty-four seven

    National Mojito Day also falls on 7 Eleven Day too.

  2. Cuban in London

    Cubana in Waterloo, London, is the home of highly recommended Mojitos and Cuban food.

  3. Birth Tattoo

    “My Mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita” is engraved at the drink’s birthplace in Cuba.

  4. Prime of Lime

    It was discovered that lime juice by itself would have cured the scurvy, but people believed that it was the cocktail that did the trick.

  5. Hemingway’s Havana

    Ernest Hemingway lived in a villa in Havana for years which is where the rumor of his love for a mojito comes from.

Why We Love National Mojito Day

  1. Mojitos mean celebrate

    In the summer months, mojito’s mean celebration. Whether that be celebrating the summer, a family occasion, a birthday, or just a barbecue, it’s the perfect drink for an outdoor party or gathering.

  2. Mojitos mean summer

    Mojitos are so synonymous with the summer that if you’re drinking one then you know the weather is good and it’s time to relax and enjoy yourself

  3. Rich recipes

    The recipes are endless. From pineapple ginger mojitos to lychee basil and peach, the choice is never-ending. Create your own concoction and share it with your friends.

National Mojito Day dates

YearDateDay
2020July 11Saturday
2021July 11Sunday
2022July 11Monday
2023July 11Tuesday
2024July 11Thursday