The mojito is originally from Cuba but there are quite a few variations of this drink. Some drinks are made from fresh lemon juice to substitute lime. Tequila sometimes replaces rum. Simple syrup is commonly used at many bars instead of sugar and some bartenders will use sugar cane. Champagne is used on occasion or by request to replace sparkling water. Angostura bitters are used as a flavor enhancer, bringing a calming balance to alcoholic beverages. Whichever way you like it, most can agree that the mojitos at these LA locales are refreshing and perfect for summer.
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6101 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Rave reviews from Los Angeles diners prove that locals love Xiomara. The Cuban cuisine here mixes well with a mojito. The restaurant offers two types of mojitos for $13. One is a classic mojito with Bacardi Superior, mint, lime and fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice. The second choice is a mango mojito, made with Bacardi Silver, mango juice, club soda, mint and lime.
Kay ‘n Dave’s
262 26th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Great outdoor and indoor dining goes nicely with the mojito de la casa offered at Kay ‘n Dave’s for $8. Made with rum, muddled fresh mint, simple syrup that is homemade, fresh limes a splash of ginger and raspberry makes this one of the best. In some cases, the bartenders can do a sugar-free option, just ask. Large menu selections for great Mexican food pair well with this drink.
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445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
The Santa Monica location of Border Grill offers a classic mojito with fresh lime and mint leaves hand muddled for $12. The Border Grill has locations in downtown LA and Santa Monica. The downtown location offers the supreme mojito with 2-year-old rum, ZXaya grain reserve, fresh mint and lime with cane sugar for $15. The mojitos here pair well with modern Mexican cuisine with a dose of good taste.
616 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tortilla Republic is a great place to enjoy a mojito with a breezy atmosphere from the large open windows facing the street. The food here is delicious. Tortilla Republic has a casual and upscale atmosphere with lots of people watching. Order the tequila cucumber mojito made with Karma Silver, Veev Acai Spirit, fresh mint, fresh muddled lime, cucumber slices, organic agave and a splash of soda water.
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you want to experience a different kind of mojito with an atmosphere of sexy ambiance and a fun night on the town, The Bazaar is the place to go. One very unique mojito to try is the magic mojito served in an individual shaker and strained over cotton candy. There’s also an option made the traditional way using Bacardi Gold.