It’s time to get tropical! Now that summer is in full swing, Sydneysiders are turning to their tried-and-tested ways to cool down: swimming in the ocean aside, the mojito goes down a treat. Refreshing, smooth and punchy all at once, the rum-based cocktail hails from Cuba. As the story goes, Americans discovered it on holidays in the Prohibition era, and started spreading the word (and the recipe).
Whether you like yours traditional or twisted, fruity or spicy, here’s where to sip on the Cuban cocktail this summer.
This cocktail bar is as authentic as it gets. The bartenders were taught by a Cuban about the proper way to make a mojito, and there are 24 types on offer (or you can ask to create your own). The classic is a crowd favourite, as are the passionfruit and pineapple versions. Our pick is the ‘cojito,’ with coconut rum, coconut cream, lime juice, mint and soda water.
3/14 S Steyne, Manly
The 50s décor and live music (on weekends) set the scene for a fun night – and then there are the seven flavours of mojitos. The record stands at a whopping 2,300 for a single Friday night. While the raspberry, passionfruit and spiced mojitos are delicious, the most popular is the Original Mojito, made up of Havana Anejo, lime juice, mint, soda water and crushed ice.
125 York Street, Sydney
Perched 47 floors above street level, the rotating restaurant offers fine dining and creative cocktails. After you’ve admired the scene, order the seasonal favourite, the mango lime mojito, a mix of Bacardi rum, mango, agave nectar, pressed lime and plenty of fresh garden mint. Tangy yet sweet, it’s hard to stop at just one.
Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney