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Best Mojitos In Washington DC

June 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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Most bartenders sigh when a mojito is ordered as it is the bane of their existence during a crowded happy hour. A mojito done the right way takes time to properly muddle the mint with lime in the glass before adding rum and mixer. They must be done individually, but a properly made mojito is a refreshing, herbaceous delight in the summertime. These Washington restaurants know how to make a mean mojito. From the classic to the reinvented, you’ll be sure they’ll be happy to show you their best.

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Chi Cha Lounge
1624 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-8400
www.chichaloungedc.com

When you walk into Chi Cha Lounge, you’re immediately transported to an intimate, cozy space with a pungent aroma of fruit and floral-scented tobacco from the lineup of hookah pipes at the bar. Dubbed “Modern Andean Cuisine,” Chi Cha is the perfect place to unwind after a stressful workday. Its drinks are Latin infused and lean towards the sweet side. The mojitos are freshly muddled and offer a variety of flavors. Settle down on the couch, couple your margarita with the flavorful tapas and a hookah pipe and enjoy an evening of relaxation.

delcampo mojito Best Mojitos In Washington DC

Del Campo’s classic mojito (Credit, Jamie Hardin)

Del Campo
777 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-7377
www.delcampodc.com

Del Campo is a Latin-inspired restaurant in Gallery Place highlighting classic cocktails that follow the original recipe from the inventor of that particular drink. The mojito can thank Constantino Ribalaigna for the original recipe he invented in 1935. Del Campo’s mojito features El Dorado rum, lime juice, simple syrup and mint that is then topped off with carbonated water for a deliciously refreshing mojito that is perfectly balanced the way it was originally invented. The mojito matches well with the grilled delights from chef Victor Albisu in this sophisticated new DC restaurant.

h street Best Mojitos In Washington DCH Street Country Club
1335 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-4722
www.hstreetcountryclub.com

With the words “Country Club” in the name, you’d hardly expect this popular Atlas District bar/restaurant to be serving delicious Tex-Mex cuisine and drinks, but it does. Its mojito is a gorgeous combination of rum, lime, mint and soda that is strong enough to knock you off your game. Drinks can be enjoyed in the downstairs bar, rooftop deck or while enjoying one of the activities like shuffleboard or skee ball. In particular, the most popular game is the nine-hole mini golf course, which is challenging for even the most seasoned mini golfer.

Habana Village
1834 Columbia Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-6310
www.habanavillage.com

This intimate Adams Morgan restaurant and lounge is the perfect place for some of the best mojitos in DC. From the birthplace of mojitos, Habana Village’s Cuban cuisine shines through in its perfectly crafted mojitos served with a sugar cane. Try the classic or one of the infusions like mango or passion fruit. And for those that like to move their feet with their mojito, Habana Village offers salsa lessons for any level from Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for only $10 per class.

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Zengo
781 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-2929
www.richardsandoval.com

This Latin-Asian fusion restaurant in Chinatown brings amazing craft cocktails to its menu. There are three different types of mojitos available. The more traditional mojito is known as the mojito cuzco. Starting with rum, mint and lime, Zengo adds in cucumber and melon liqueur for a more complex mojito. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, go for the mojito de mango y lychee. Quintessential fusion in a cocktail, this mojito starts with a mango rum that is then mashed with fresh mangos and mint with a touch of lychee—a South Asian fruit—juice mixed in. For a refreshing summer cocktail, be sure to try the mojito pina, which combines a traditional mojito with pineapple juice.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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