Summer Cocktail News: Mojitos Go Fruity

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A Cuban cousin to the American mint julep, the mojito is the new summer drink of choice for pool-lounging sun worshippers. Why not? It's as thirst-quenching as a lemonade, but with a bit of a rum-infused kick. This summer will prove that the traditional recipe is not sacred. While summer sippers enjoy the crisp freshness and 'herbal goodness' of this iced rum drink… they are going bananas over new fruity possibilities, thanks to a natural selection of fruit juices and fruit-flavored rums.

A Cuban cousin to the American mint julep, the mojito is the new summer drink of choice for pool-lounging sun worshippers. Why not? It's as thirst-quenching as a lemonade, but with a bit of a rum-infused kick.

Blame it on Ernest Hemingway, who was said to have enjoyed this minty-fresh rum drink while in Cuba. The drink was little known outside of Miami for decades, until a recent explosion made it the "hot drink of the moment" in hip city bars across America. This summer will prove that the traditional recipe is not sacred. While summer sippers enjoy the crisp freshness and 'herbal goodness' of this iced rum drink… they are going bananas over new fruity possibilities, thanks to a natural selection of fruit juices and fruit-flavored rums.

At the pool bar at Orlando's Gaylord Palms Resort, the mojito menu has just gotten longer… and fruitier. Visitors can choose from several:

Original Mojito
"Ernest Hemmingway once hung a sign in his home that said "My mojito in La Floridito" or at least that's what we tell the tourists. We make ours with fresh limes, mint and white rum."

Tropical Blue Mojito
"Just as the cool breeze lightly wafts along South Beach, so too floats the flavors of tropical coconuts, oranges, and pineapples through this drink made with Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Coconut Rum.

Frozen Peach Mojito
"Florida snowfalls are extremely rare, but the bartender has managed to ensure you get a little taste of winter right here. He's put white rum, peach schnapps, mint, and lime juice into our blender to create this frigid concoction".

Wild Berry Mojito
"We've gone loco, turning a Cuban favorite into an all-American masterpiece, blending fresh flavors of strawberries and raspberries with lime, mint and rum."

Orange Mango Mojito
"In Florida, it all comes back to oranges. Made with white rum, freshly squeezed orange juice, mango puree, mint, and limes, you'll be sure that you picked the right one."

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