RICHLAND, N.J., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The first crop circle spotted in the United States this year has been located at Dalponte Farms -- one of the nation's largest mint farms -- situated in Richland, New Jersey. Farm owner Peter Dalponte woke up this morning to find an acre and a half of one of his lush mint fields gone, leaving the shape of the BACARDI(R) Bat. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050517/NYTU175 ) "The aliens must have wanted a Mojito," says Dalponte "That's where most of my mint ends up every summer-in the millions of Mojitos made with BACARDI(R) Rum, fresh limes, sugar, and soda, especially during Mojito Month May." Easily seen by passing airplanes, the aliens created the crop circle out of enough mint to make 1,416,666 Mojitos That amounts to about $10 Million Dollars in Mojito revenue. While residents of Grover's Mill, New Jersey are expecting an alien invasion this summer, the town of Richland has already had a close encounter of the Mojito kind. "They must have created this so that it can be seen from outer space," added Dalponte. The hottest drink on the celebrity circuit, the original Mojito was a refreshing drink made by workers in the Cuban sugar cane fields, who gathered the mint that grew around the cane and muddled it with rum. The Mojito was a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway, who was regular patron at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, where sugar, lime juice, and soda were added to the traditional recipe around 1930. BACARDI U.S.A., Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bacardi Limited, one of the top five spirits companies in the world. In addition to BACARDI Rum, the No. 1 distilled spirits brand in the U.S. and the world, the company(C)'s portfolio includes DEWAR(C)'S Blended Scotch Whiskies, BOMBAY Original and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gins, GREY GOOSE Vodka, CAZADORES Tequila, TURI Vodka, MARTINI & ROSSI Asti, Vermouth and Prosecco, NOILLY PRAT Vermouth, DISARONNO Originale Liqueur, DRAMBUIE Liqueur and B&B and BENEDICTINE Liqueurs.
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