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Some Mojito Facts: Ernest Hemingway is said to have been a huge fan.
He came from Cuba and celebrates the National Day on July 11.
Mojito lovers don’t need to vacation with their favorite cocktail, of course, but if you’re looking for a new twist on your old favorite, we’ve got three easy and refreshing ways to spice up a mojito.
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Watermelon Mojito from Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
This mojito from Sickies—which opened its ninth location in Omaha this summer—uses red oxtail for a unique twist.
Like all mojitos, it uses fresh mint to stay true to its roots.
1 ¼ oz. watermelon vodka
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple drink
2 oz. red bull watermelon
5 fresh mint leaves
Fill a 14 ounce glass with ice, beat the mint leaves to release the essential oils, add all the ingredients, stir and enjoy!
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Mojito Passion Fruit from Black Tap Craft Burger and Beer
From another restaurant famous for its burgers and beer comes the Passionfruit Mojito.
This puree uses passion fruit for a sweet flavour.
2 ounces white rum
.5oz passion fruit puree
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
6 mint leaves
3 oz soda
In a mixing glass, tear mint leaves in place and place in a shaker.
Add all ingredients except soda. Add snow. Cover and shake for 10-15 seconds.
Add soda to a shaker. Pour all ingredients, including ice, into a glass. Top with a sprig of mint.
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Pineapple Yuzu Mojito by Tommy Bahama
Yuzu, a rugged yellow citrus fruit native to Asia, is lighter than lemon, with a floral undertone and a bit of sweetness.
The whole fruit may be hard to find in the United States, but juice is widely available in cans, bottles, or as frozen concentrates.
Makes one drink:
5 fresh mint leaves
3 1 inch cubes of pineapple
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
2 oz. White rum or citrus rum
3/4 oz Yuzu syrup
2½ oz. Carbonated water
1 piece of lemon and 1 stick of cane for garnish
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To prepare Yuzu syrup:
In a small jug, stir together 1/2 cup hot water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon yuzu juice until sugar dissolves. Enough for six drinks.
In a Collins glass, combine the mint cubes and pineapple with the lemon juice.
Add the rum, yuzu syrup, and ice, then mix well. Fill in the carbonated water and stir it again briefly. Garnish with lemon slices and sugar cane sticks.
NB: Sugarcane sticks are pieces of sugar cane that have been peeled and cut into thin strips. It is found in the Caribbean and elsewhere that sugarcane grows, and it can also be ordered online. If you prefer, skip the cane stick and garnish the mojito with a bouquet of mint.