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
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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 4:00pm – 7:00pm 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.
Strawberry Mojito, The LCL: Bar & Kitchen
You can’t get fresher ingredients than growing them in your own garden. The LCL: Bar & Kitchen is doing exactly that with their Strawberry Mojito, made with just-picked ingredients grown in their recently opened rooftop garden. Medium sized strawberries, mint leaves, lime wedges and sugar are middled in a rocks glass, then layered with ice and topped off with soda water, Bacardi Limon, MBC Sour Mix and garnished with a strawberry for a real taste of summer.
Frozen Mojito Sorbet Trio, Havana Central
Frozen cocktails are where it’s at for the ultimate cooling factor this summer. Havana Central is offering a Frozen Mojito Sorbet Trio featuring white rum, lime wheels, simple syrup, mint leaves, Sprite, club soda and varied fruit purees. These strong cocktails are frozen overnight and served in a chilled martini glass. Havana Central’s Times Square location is also offering a Don Q Mojito special between 4-7pm where each guest that orders the drink will receive a complimentary cigar hand-rolled on site.
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. This romantic lounge also serves a popular Sake Martini, among a long list of creative cocktails.
Hakkasan’s Pink Mojito is a sweet summer drink balancing Cabeza tequila with brown simple syrup, lime, mint 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. With a long menu of margaritas, frozen cocktails and sangria, there’s a cocktail for every mood at SouthWest NY.
Original Mojito, Mojito Cuban Cuisine
For authentic Cuban food and drinks in Brooklyn, you can count on Mojito Cuban Cuisine in the Clinton Hill-Fort Green neighborhood. Their Original Mojito features Cruzan 2 Years St. Croix Rum, muddled mint, sugar and fresh cut limes. If you’re in the mood for something fruity, there’s a running list of flavors available, such as pineapple, mango, coconut and blackberry and flavors dubbed as “special,” including watermelon, lychee and sour apple. For those interested in enjoying their rum straight up, there’s a long menu of aged options to choose from.
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. During Restaurant Week (July 22-August 16) they’ll be offering their entire menu. Choose three courses for $38, one ceviche, tiradito or small plate, one large plate or a table dish for two people and a choice of dessert.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.