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Muddle Through Metro Detroit’s Best Mojitos

By: Toni Cunningham | May 15, 2013
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Give me a Mojito and I’m a happy girl—they are, by far, my favorite mixed drink to enjoy in warm weather. In case you’re new to planet Earth, this tasty Cuban concoction is traditionally composed of light rum, club soda, lime, mint and simple syrup. I’m somewhat of an expert when it comes to these babies, so you can trust my recommendations, I promise.

While there’s nothing better than a great mojito, the absolute worst is when you take a big sip, expecting a delicious and refreshing beverage to quench your thirst, only to have a giant, un-muddled fruit chunk get lodged in your bendy straw. Or worse, it makes its way through said straw and you’re suddenly chewing your cocktail. Not naming any names, but I’ve experienced this at more than one establishment in my day.

In order to avoid the aforementioned choking hazard, head to one of the following tried and true restaurants and/or bars for a mojito you are sure to enjoy:

Ironwood Grill, 840 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth, is home to my favorite mojito, and the raspberry one gets my official stamp of approval. While they are available in several other flavors, I assure you, raspberry is the correct choice in this scenario.

24 Grille, 204 Michigan Ave., Detroit, wisely has an entire night dedicated to mojitos. On Mojito Monday, grab a drink (in one of many flavors) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., when they’re only $6. Sip one on the patio while enjoying the warm, spring breeze and your mundane Monday will quickly take a turn for the better.

Habana Cellar Lounge, 226 S. Main, Ann Arbor, features a Signature Mojito with the standard muddled mint and lime, a Gin Mojito, and a specialty house drink, the Sweet Hot Mojito. Have a glass of water nearby, because this one includes Serrano peppers with orange honey syrup, light rum, lime and mint.

Rojo Mexican Bistro, with locations in St. Clair Shores and Novi, has another one of my personal favorites on its menu. The cleverly-named Rojito is composed of Bacardi Razz, raspberries, mint, agave nectar, lime and soda, and it’s five o’clock somewhere so I think I might go indulge in one now.

BlackFinn, 530 S. Main St., Royal Oak, is the place to go if you’re looking for a variety of mojito flavors. The menu features six different kinds, including Strawberry, Coconut Lime, Mango, Raspberry, Caramelized Pineapple and Blackberry. Better yet, go during happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday) and they’re on special.

The next time you head out for a drink, consider grabbing a mojito (or three) at one of these establishments. Not only do they taste great, but they’re also one of the more calorie-conscious alcoholic beverages out there. Additionally, if it’s got fruit in it, it’s good for you. Right? That’s what I thought.

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