There are many different stories about the origin of the mojito, but all agree that it originated in Cuba. Some believe that the first recipe was created by the native people of South America as a remedy for tropical illnesses, while others credit the slaves who worked on the Cuban sugar plantations. One bar in Cuba, La Bodeguita del Medio, maintains that mojitos were a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who was a regular patron there, although his biographers are skeptical of this claim. The drink was originally made with sugarcane juice mixed with rum, lime and mint. Modern variations generally use sugar and soda water instead of sugarcane juice.