Cuba’s popular cocktail, the Mojito, is a delicious way to beat the heat with refreshing flavors of lime and mint. These New York City bars are offering the best of both traditional and creative mojitos for a taste of a Havana vacation in a glass. By Sarah Shaker.
Mojito Criollo, Havana Alma de Cuba
Authentic Cuban cuisine can be found in the heart of the West Village at the cozy Havana Alma de Cuba. Their Mojito Criolla is a classic offering with 8 years aged Bacardi, sugar cane and mint. During happy hour from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, you can enjoy this cocktail as well as sangria, margaritas and caipirinha for $5. Whether dining at brunch or dinner, expect traditional plates, like empanadas, croquetas and paella made with high quality and fresh ingredients.
Sake Mojito, Thalia Restaurant
A Theater District favorite, Thalia Restaurant offers a Sake Mojito. House infused vanilla-mint sake makes this cocktail special when poured over muddled mint and lime, lime juice and then topped with Champagne. The Sake Mojito is just one on a long list of creative, original cocktails made at this romantic lounge.
Hakkasan’s Pink Mojito is a sweet summer drink balancing Baron tequila, mint, lime, and cranberry juice for a tart take on a traditional mojito. Enjoy this cocktail in the restaurant’s Ling Ling lounge as well as the main dining room alongside their dim sum offerings for a marriage of South American and Asian flavors.
Mojito Royale, Bagatelle
Known for their elaborate brunch parties, where New Yorkers come to dine, dance and mingle with fellow “who’s who,” Bagatelle is offering a Mojito Royale to enjoy alongside the endless bottles of champagne you’ll be popping. This high-end mojito combines Hennessy VS, muddled mint, lime juice and is finished off with Moët. Whether you attend their lavish brunch or a nightlife party, this summery cocktail is perfect for when the lights dim and the sparklers are lit.
Mango Mojito, SouthWest NY
Head downtown to Battery Park City for the neighborhood’s authority on Southwestern cuisine and cocktails. The Mango Mojito combines cruzan silver rum, mango puree, fresh limes, mint and sugar. Other mojito options include Black Cherry Mojito, Miami Mojito and Fauxito, in which vodka is used instead of rum. With a long menu of margaritas, frozen cocktails and sangria, there’s a cocktail for every mood at SouthWest NY.
Treat yourself to a Peruvian spin on the traditionally Cuban cocktail with Raymi’s Mojito Chilcano. Pisco, passion fruit, lime juice, muddled mint and a splash of ginger ale compliment each other for an out of the ordinary drink.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.