An old Cuban cocktail on a wooden table
One Of The Oldest Cuban Cocktails May Have Been Mixed Before The Mojito
Mojitos were predated by a historic sling called the el draque. It was said to have emerged in the 1580s, which was almost a century before the invention of rum.
As a result, the el draque employs aguardiente de cana, a sugarcane precursor to rum. This is nearly identical to cachaça, which is frequently employed for the drink.
Additionally, the el draque mixes in mint leaves, whole lime, and sugar, typically not in syrup form. Like a mojito, all ingredients are muddled to combine.
This results in a spirit-forward beverage. Modern-day renditions have shifted to include white rum, as well as spiced rum in the mix, yielding varying flavor profiles.