I firmly believe the Mojito should be the official state drink of Florida.
As of right now, that honor is lamentably taken by the Mimosa, mostly because it requires the addition of the official state beverage, being orange juice.
I think this is garbage. The Mojito is a blending of generations of history and cultures that have made this state great. All the Mimosa says is “Let’s go get brunch.”
The Mimosa is also only partially producible in the state, since we do not have a good enough grape crop to establish a line of the main booze, Champagne. The Mojito, however, can be entirely produced with ingredients that have traditionally been and are currently being commercially grown within this state.
Florida Mint is easily found, limes are making a strong agricultural comeback, and this state is no stranger to distilling rum. Plus, there are plenty of rum distilleries open or opening soon.
It’s a much closer representation of everything Florida can do, and it’s sad that our legislature has decided to ignore that to favor Big Orange. But we have other ways to enjoy a proper Mojito, including the 2020 US Open Beverage Chamionship gold medal-winning Mojito Spyk’d (Hard Seltzer, 5% ABV) from Fort Myers Brewing.
This was the flavor of Spyk’d I was most interested in trying and most looking forward to. The aroma thankfully and excitedly has just a light touch of mint brushed with a twinge of lime. I’m not sure if it’s fresh or bottled, but it’s just enough to give it a kick and not so much to turn it into mouthwash.
The flavor has just enough mint to carry the noticeability forward. There are light touches of the citrus in there as well, and it’s kept soft and made a simple and refreshing seltzer. It’s flavorful enough to where you feel that you’re getting something substantial, but not so overpowering that it can’t be enjoyed.
Basically, par for the award-winning course that the team at Fort Myers Brewing has been raging recently with their releases. Hopefully with this and the continued support from the Mojito and craft alcohol community in Forida, we can get our state beverage changed to something that is more quintessentially Florida.
And I really hate brunch.
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