When it comes to refreshing summer drinks, it’s hard to beat the mojito, a cooling Cuban rum drink made with sugar, fresh lime juice and plenty of mint leaves.
In honor of National Mojito Day and today’s 90-degree temps, we rounded up a list of local bars with mean mojitos.
If you try one, don’t forget to toast famed mojito drinker and onetime KC residentErnest Hemingway
in Lawrence makes a $6 classic version (Bacardi, lime, sugar mint).Tavern in the Village
in Prairie Village andTavern at Mission Farms
in Leawood spike their $9.75 mojitos with grapefruit bitters and fresh basil.Ra Sushi
in Leawood serves three varieties: Lime, Mango and Strawberry.Mestizo
in Leawood uses citrus-flavored Bacardi Limon rum in its $7 mojitos.Cafe Trio
on the Plaza named its strawberry-mango mojito after Ricky Martin. Just tell the bartender you’re into living la vida loca.Piropos
in Briarcliff Village muddles cooling cucumber in its mojitos ($8).Zocalo
on the Plaza dunks blueberries in its $8 Cuban cocktails.
Would you rather mix up a mojito at home? Trythis recipe
for a Mock Mojito Mule thatManifesto
’s Ryan Maybee contributed to Food Wine.More on Hemingway’s time in KC here. Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes a monthly cooking feature for The Star’s Food section. Tweet her your favorite mojito @sarah_gish.