Mojito Drink Recipe Directions
Mojito is a Cuban drink. Here is a brief history of Cuba.
Originally inhabited by Ciboney and Arawak Indians, Cuba was colonised by the Spanish following the arrival of Columbus in 1492. In the 1600s European powers struggled to control the country. After two wars of independence the Cubans won their freedom from the Spanish in 1899, only to be ruled for another 60 years by governments in the hand or pocket of the U.S.A.
Independence from the US domination was finally won in the late fifties after more than two years of fighting between the Batista regime and revolutionary forces led by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and others. US hostility to the new order culminated with the implementation of an economic embargo. This left Cuba getting all its support from the Soviet bloc, and by the mid sixties communism was taken on as the official ideology. With this political concordance came also the reliance on Soviet technical support and guidance.
When the Soviet bloc crumbled in 1989 Cuba’s economy was thrown into crisis. The markets for their exports, and the hard currency for imports, disappeared as former Soviet bloc countries realigned their economies to join the capitalist system. The supplies of spare parts, of fuel, medicines and agricultural chemicals all diminished drastically. It was assumed that Cuba would follow the Soviet bloc: an economic and political collapse followed by an acquiescence to capitalism.
A toast to the people of Cuba for the Mojito mixed drink.