The haunting question of "What would you like to drink", as soon as you sit down at a restaurant always seems to be asked too early. However when it is National Mojito Day the question cannot come fast enough. Typically a Mojito is made with the core 5 ingredients, white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint, but the mixologists on this island tend to put their own twist on this staple. It is 5 O'Clock all day here in the City by the Sea on National Mojito Day.
 

Traditional favorite's from around town...

Brick Alley Pub: Stay authentic this holiday and Traditionally Cuban with Brick Alley Pub's Mojito Cubano. This house specialty is concocted with Bacardi White Rum, fresh mint, lime, "super fine" sugar, topped with soda water. Want something unique? Instead try the Frozen Strawberry Mojito!

 

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Caleb & Broad: Caleb & Broad introduces a fun and fresh twist in the form of a Blueberry Mojito. Made with Cruzan Light Rum, mint, blueberries, fresh limes and simple syrup. Don't be afraid to order two (or more) of these...there is fruit in it...


Diego's: Stay fruity with Diego's Wharf Mojito, made with Don Q. Crystal rum and muddled (not only mint) but pineapple, ginger, demerara sugar AND mint. Diego's does not stop there, they then top this mojito-luscious drink with Pelligrino lemon water, served on the rocks. You wont be able to leave the wharf after trying this creative libation.

 

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Midtown: Hook, Line and Sunk at Midtown for their signature Mojito. Order a traditional, or spice it up with their Maker's Mark Mojito.

 

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Pineapple's on the Bay: Stay just North of Havana with this Mojito. The name says it all, tradition with a little northern & golden touch, this specialty cocktail is made with Gosling's Gold rum, cane sugar syrup and mint.


Loco for Coco: The coconut craze has landed and we are sippin' our way to happiness...

Jo's American Bistro: Conforming to the American flare, Don't Rock the Boat with this specialty cocktail.  This Mojito in disguise is made with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, fresh mint, lime juice, simple syrup, topped with soda water.


Smokehouse: Cojito, the sibling to the Mojito, but with a little fruity flare. This sweet treat is created by properly mixing coconut rum, elderflower liqueur, fresh lime, mint, and soda water. Served in their signature mason jars and topped with floating mint this light and fresh drink is perfect for any summer day.

 

Smoke House Cojito FTW. #summercocktail #smokehousenewport #newportrestaurantgroup

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Revolving Door: Move over tradition and welcome the DeWolf of Thames Street. This signature cocktail is crafted with aged rum, coconut, orgeat syrup, mint, miso, and a bit of citrus. Served in a stainless steel glass this mojito-esque mystery will cool down this National Holiday from the first sip to the last.

 

Don't want to venture out? Make your own at home:

Classic & Customizable Mojito:

Ingredients:
  • 5 Large mint leaves
  • 4 Lime wedges
  • One tablespoon of sugar
  • 2+ ounces of your favorite rum (White Rum is traditional)
  • Club Soda
  • Ice

Steps:
  1. Place 3 lime wedges, the mint leaves, and the sugar into a strainer. 
  2. Muddle the ingredients gently. Over-muddling the mint leaves can give you a bitter flavor. 
  3. Add ice and rum to the strainer, and shake well.
  4. Strain into a glass of your choice. A tall Colllins glass, is preferred, or a short and stout old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with cub soda, remaining lime wedge, and a sprig of mint. 

This recipe is extremely easy to play with. Muddled blackberries or blueberries give the drink a sweeter balance that pairs well with the fresh mint and sour lime.


Happy National Mojito Day! Have a minty day!