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Word of the Day: mojito

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Celebrate summer by mixing up a mojito: lime juice, sugar, and crushed mint leaves are combined with white rum and soda water for this Cuban favorite. Legend traces the mojito to British explorer Sir Francis Drake. The locals knew Drake as El Draque (“the dragon”), for scaring pirates out of the Caribbean. One of them, in the 16th century, named a drink for him. Some historians say the mojito was born in the sugar cane fields in the 19th century. Cuban immigrants brought the drink ashore in Miami, where mojitos have long been popular.

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