Not to be forgotten, Monster Mojito is the 3rd bottled flavor of autumnish Jones Soda that we experienced. This is the 7th and final flavor we’ll be reviewing as part of the unofficial Jones Soda Halloween 2006 collection.
Right from the start, I had no clue what the heck this stuff would taste like. It’s very hazy-colored, much like Canfield’s 50/50 or Cadbury Schweppes’ Squirt. Looking up “mojito” on Wikipeida, I discovered that…
…mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail which became quite popular in the United States during the late 1980s, but has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. This drink is a cousin of the Brazilian cocktail, Caipirinha.
A mojito is traditionally made of five ingredients: mint, rum, powdered sugar, lime juice, and club soda. Its combination of sweetness and refreshing citrus and mint flavors are intended to mask the potent kick of the rum, and have made the cocktail a popular summer drink.
So apparently this is Jones Soda’s non-alcoholic take on this drink flavor. Interesting, as I kept reading about this beverage:
The mojito is a descendant of the Draquecito, named after Sir Francis Drake and said to be his favorite drink before pirate battles.
That drink is made with cachaça rather than rum, and uses water instead of ice and soda, neither of which would have been available to Drake on the high seas.
Ah, so now this is a pirate drink! Aarrrrrr! (“But why is the rum gone?“)
Unlike the other Halloween flavors we’ve tested — and to recap, those were Berried Alive, Spider Cider, Gruesome Grape, Candy Corn, Lemon Drop Dead, and Creepy Cranberry — Monster Mojito was perhaps the most unique in flavor. It didn’t really taste like a Halloween item (such as cider or candy corn), but it also didn’t taste like a traditional pop.
Not being big alcoholic drinkers (even though we have reviewed one here on BevReview.com before), Amy and I concluded that Monster Mojito probably tasted like a hybrid of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Mike’s Hard Lime, with more of an emphasis on the lime… and without the booze. I guess you could call it “Mike’s Soft Lime”. It was pretty different, but good.
For those interested, Bacardi has a website for mixing their liquor to make mojito. It’s called — wait for it — Bacardi Mojito. (Apparently, this is the official drink of this summer’s flop film, Miami Vice.) That’s probably what has been helping to drive some of the popularity of this flavor.
Good. Would definitely try again. But Lemon Drop Dead was better.