Mojitos to whisk you away from Toronto to the tropics

The magic of a mojito is in its blend of subtle cane sugar and light rum sweetness, refreshing mint and lime flavours and thirst-quenching soda bubbles. This Cuban drink probably flew under the radar for as long as it did because of the amount of work involved in making it but, now that it’s achieved superstar status, it’s worth finding the best ones in town.

The Citizen

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522 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7

The Citizen does many cocktails well, but its version of the mojito is thirst quenching and sings of summer. Bacardi superior is mixed with mint and watermelon for a refreshing cocktail. While it isn’t a traditional mojito, it will still remind you of sitting on the beach in Cuba, soaking up the atmosphere.

La Cubana

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392 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

La Cubana offers a great Toronto take on Cuban food, with a fun, retro feel to the restaurant. This Roncevalles haunt’s mojito is less sweet than most, making it a refreshing change from many in the city, and a good counter balance to the heaviness of the Cuban cuisine.

No One Writes To The Colonel

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460 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A1

This spot has an extensive mojitos list amidst the vast drinks menu. From the Signature Classic with demerara sugar to the Royal Mojito with prosecco, and all the fruity flavours in between, this College Street bar is well-loved for its delicious takes on the Cuban drink.

BarChef

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472 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2

This Queen West bar has a loyal following for its unusual, signature take on the mojito. Using molecular gastronomy, the Sailor’s Mojito combines, in their words, 'beach essence, sailor jerry rum, mint, fresh lime, vanilla syrup, mojito ravioli and vanilla air.' That’s right. Vanilla Air. At $25, you can choose whether or not to experience this drink for yourself. They also make a coconut mojito, with coconut milk instead of soda, that is far easier on the wallet and quite tasty as well.

La Libre

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14 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V3

La Libre on Dupont offers two delicious mojitos, one made with Mount Gay light rum and the other with Cazadores reposado 100 per cent de Agave tequila and organic raw agave syrup. A refreshing, if intense, alternative take from a restaurant that offers an exhaustive list of premium tequilas.

Mambo Lounge

6
120 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1

This authentic Cuban tapas restaurant makes what is widely known as Toronto’s best mojito. It's located at the west end of the Danforth, right near Broadview. You’ll find their patio welcomes cigar smokers, as well.

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