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  • 6 Spots to Score Havana-Level Mojitos in Hoboken + Jersey City

    Few cocktails are more refreshing on a hot day than the perfect concoction that is the mojito. Between the refreshing lime and mint flavors and subtle punch of rum, it just tastes like summer days by the pool. It’s only fitting then, that National Mojito Day lies in the heart of summer! And despite its traditional Cuban roots, you don’t have to apply for a Visa to enjoy the drink in all its glory today. We’ve gathered 7 of our favorite mojito-making spots in Hoboken and Jersey City for your celebrating convenience. And if the traditional white rum, soda water, sugar, lime juice and mint combo doesn’t do it for you, no worries, we’ve included a few unique takes on the classic, too!

    Coco Havana {32 Newark Street, Hoboken}

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    This Cuban/ Latin American-Fusion restaurant has it all:, especially if you’re looking for a perfect new happy hour haunt: A laid-back atmosphere, great food and delicious mojitos). Oh, and did we mention they have ridiculously good specials and happy hour menus every day (we’re talking half off drinks and appetizers-level good). PLUS, using our Hoboken Deals page, you can get an exclusive 50% on mojitos any day of the week (yep, National Mojito Day included!).

    Orale Mexican Kitchen {341 Grove Street, Jersey City}

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    We swear, the second you walk into Orale you just feel cooler. We’re not sure whether it’s the graffiti-ed walls, the live music or the Day of the Dead decor, but it’s a place you instantly want to hang out in. The good news today is this tequila bar also offer a super unique take on a classic mojito: The Pina Colada Mojito. For $12, this concoction mixes two of the best summer cocktails and substitutes traditional rum for coconut tequila for a potent twist. The other ingredients? Pineapple, mint and citrus. A true original.

    South House {149 Newark Ave, Jersey City}

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    You might not think this Jersey City bar known for its Southern food and eclectic decorations would be a top mojito destination, but that’s only because you haven’t tried their renowned Midnight Mojito. The $13 cocktail offers a mix of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, mint, strawberry, orange, fresh-squeeze lime, sugar and a splash of lemon-lime soda to create a drink that’ll thrill your tastebuds (and give you a nice buzz, too).

    Cucharamama {233 Clinton Street}

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    That’s, Cu-cha-rah-mam-ah, for when your dinner companions ask! First off, if you’re looking to plan a National Mojito Day Date night or catch-up dinner with your besties, this is the place to be. Between the extensive tapas list (perfect for plate-sharing and trying a little of everything!) and the intimate ambiance, it’s the perfect place to chat over light plates and enjoy a few cocktails. The Latin-American style restaurant offers two mojitos, and they’re both excellent. The $12 Classic Mojito is a standby, mixed with Flor de Cana, Mint and Lime. For the non-rum-lover in the bunch slightly new take, try the Florida Mojito, also $12, made with Greenhook Ginsmiths, mint and lime. Not sure what liquor you prefer your mojito with? Why not try both!

    The Cuban {333 Washington Street}

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    Take a trip to Havana without leaving Washington Street with dinner and drinks at the Cuban. The place bursts with authenticity and the mojitos are strong and well-made. You can choose between a classic Cuban Mojito and flavors such as mango and passionfruit (be warned: while delicious, adding a fruit does give it a sweeter taste than the refreshing sip mojitos are known for). In case you can’t make it tonight but you still want your mojito fix, try their $5 Mojito Monday instead.

    La Isla {Uptown: 25 12th Street, Hoboken}

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    Yep, another Cuban-inspired restaurant makes the list with a to-die-for mojito titled the “Mojito Classico” but is not quite so classic at all (and we mean that in the best way). The $10 cocktail is made with bacardi limon, mint, simple syrup, fresh lime and club soda, plus you can choose a flavor: classic, mango, passionfruit, coconut and pineapple. That means a flavor to meet the tastes of everyone you’re dining with, while meeting the needs of any mojito purists.

    Watermelon Mojito Recipe

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     Staying in and want your own delicious mojito? Here’s a fresh watermelon mojito recipe courtesy of Jersey Drinks.

    Ingredients 

    2 oz White Rum

    1.5 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice

    1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

    .75 oz Cane Sugar Syrup (2:1)

    Club Soda

    Mint Leaves

    Muddle 8-9 mint leaves and cane syrup in Collins glass and top with ice. Shake rum, watermelon & lime juice with ice and strain into Collins glass over the fresh ice. Top with club soda and gently stir. Garnish wish fresh mint sprig and watermelon.

     

    How will you be celebrating National Mojito Day? Enjoy!


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    A Jersey girl born and raised, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots in her new city while still making frequent trips to her favorite spots in the Mile Square (because while she signed up for a new zip code, she definitely didn’t sign up for a life without Black Bear buffalo bites, sunsets at Pier 13 or Sunday football on Washington!). After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in journalism, she spent five years as a style editor and now freelances on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at the Stevens pool, checking out new happy hour spots (bonus points always given for a spot with a view) or cheering on her Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).


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