COLOMBIA TRAVEL — When you are in Cartagena, it is hot and sometimes it is quite hard to get out of bed and convince yourself to do something in the heat of the day. So you wait until the sun goes down and wait for that simmering daily temperature to drop. Its Friday, you are in old town and the surrounding historical areas, and the streets are a buzz, and you want to be as well.

Now there are a variety of beverages of the alcoholic type that can south your taste buds and give you that smile that the rest around you have and are drinking. But it is the same drink you can order in your hometown and funny enough, it is also the same price here. But there is one drink that will give you a blast of flavor, the smile and buzz that the street is offering, and is also infamous in the region. It is priced appropriately, and taste tested and worthy for any Caribbean folk both native and not.

The Mojito is a drink you can order in your home country, but given that this is the Caribbean and we are just a stones throw away from Cuba, where the drink originated, and where Sir Francis Drake brought it from, why not try it with the original flavors and with local rum? The Mojito can be a complex drink with the blast of Mint flavors and the smooth finish that hides the intoxication and potency of it. But the drink is made with rum, white rum to be exact, while mixed with lime, mint, sugar (if you fancy it sweet), and club soda.

If you want to make one at home (despite your efforts, or at least mine, will never be as good as enjoying one here, believe me) and you have all the ingredients listed above, you do as follows: place about ten mint leaves into the glass dry without any ice or water, then add half of the lime wedges that you cut. Next, you grab a muddler and begin mashing the mint leaves and lime to release all possible flavors and aromas from both the lime and mint leaves. Following that, you add a couple more of the lime wedges and a bit of sugar and again, use the muddler to mash further. Alright, the hard part is over. You then add ice all the way to the top of the cup with your mint and limes at the bottom. You then add the good stuff! The rum! And as much as your heart desires! For me, my basis of adding rum depends on my workday, so usually a lot. Then filling the rest with the club soda. And finally, you have to add the garnish, which consists of whatever left of the lime ,you add on the side of your drink. Y Disfruta!

Now, if you don’t either want or have the ingredients to make your own, there are many places in Cartagena where you can get the drink. From top notch, classy bars to street vendors during a concert, the locals here know how to make it right and know how to make it strong. The drink is a blend of everything you want in a cocktail. It is a drink that could easily get your night going and help you groove to the music until sunrise, or it is a drink to simply enjoy during the work week after a long day at the office. And because of this, it is not only my favorite cocktail worldwide, but also the best tasting out of those that I have had. Especially here, in Cartagena.

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