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Top Mojitos In Philadelphia

June 26, 2013 7:00 AM

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Sweet, flavorful and refreshing, mojitos are the quintessential summer cocktail. As the weather heats up in Philadelphia, turn to these spots for the best mojitos in the city. From the classic rum, mint and lime mojito to more elaborate concoctions made from various fruits and other additions, there’s a choice for everyone to enjoy this warm-weather favorite.Related: The Best Wine Destinations In The US

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Cuba Libre
10 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6193
www.cubalibrerestaurant.com

Vintage décor, high lofted ceilings, tropical plants and Latin music set the stage for your experience at Cuba Libre. In fact, it feels a bit like you’ve stepped inside an elaborate Disney production, which is definitely a compliment! To complete your culinary trip to Havana, Cuba Libre offers over a dozen varieties of mojitos. Choose the classic mojito made with white rum, Spanish mint, sugar, lime juice and a splash of soda for $9; or try something a bit more exotic, such as the grilled pineapple, strawberry, passion fruit or watermelon mojitos. Special flavors range from $9.50 to $11.50.

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Liberte Lounge (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Liberte Urban Lounge
Sofitel Hotel
120 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-8300
www.libertelounge.com

Located on the ground floor of the Sofitel Hotel, Liberte offers modern, French-inspired cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails in an environment that is both chic and casual. High-backed armchairs, leather bar stools, a working fireplace and vibrant décor set the stage at this trendy Center City spot. This summer, the lounge is offering both chocolate mint and cucumber mojitos as a twist on the standard favorite. The $12 cocktail is incredibly refreshing and the ingredients couldn’t be any fresher — the chocolate mint is actually grown in the hotel’s rooftop garden!

Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 988-1799
www.almadecubarestaurant.com

When people talk about mojitos in Philadelphia, Alma de Cuba seems to be on everyone’s list of the best. At this Stephen Starr restaurant, executive chef and owner Douglas Rodriguez pays tribute to his Cuban heritage with modern Latin cuisine. The mojito is the natural cocktail to sip while sitting in the lounge enjoying dishes such as king crab empanada, smoked hazelnut guacamole or shrimp ceviche. While there are only four mojito varieties on the menu, the quality more than makes up for the quantity. Choose the classic, suave or el jefe – each made with a different rum, muddled mint, sugar and lime. Or try the robusto, made with Bacardi Select rum and vanilla-spiced liqueur. Visit during happy hour Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $6 select mojito specials.

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Mixto (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Mixto
1141 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 592-0363
www.mixtorestaurante.com

Exposed brick and warm wood create a welcoming vibe in this two-story restaurant offering a variety of Caribbean, Latin American and Cuban cuisine. In addition to favorite dishes such as potato and beef croquettes, seafood paella and crunchy, fried pork belly bites served with housemade habenero salsa, Mixto is known for authentic cocktails. The mojitos are muddled right in front of you at the bar and come in a variety of flavors, including mango and passion fruit, in addition to the standard mint and lime. Order the tropical mojito for a refreshing blend of banana, pineapple and mango rums with lime and pineapple juice that’s perfect for summer. Visit during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday) to enjoy $5 alternating mojito and margarita specials.

Related: Top Spots for Rum in Philadelphia

El Vez
121 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-9800
www.elvezrestaurant.com

Stephen Starr brings you innovative Mexican cuisine at his Midtown Village restaurant, El Vez. With dishes such as duck confit flautas, cactus and crab salsa and Mexican fried chicken, it’s no surprise that the El Vez mojito isn’t just your standard rum and mint cocktail. Here, the guava mojito is made with Bacardi and Cruzan guava rum, fresh pink guava puree, lime juice and mint. The tart flavor of the guava combines with the fresh mint flavor for an amazing drink that rivals the classic Mexican favorite, the margarita.

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Michelle Hein is a copy editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer boyfriend would love to open. Examiner.com.

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