Few cocktails are more refreshing on a hot day than the perfect concoction that is the mojito. Between the refreshing lime and mint flavors and subtle punch of rum, it just tastes like summer days by the pool. It’s only fitting then that National Mojito Day lies in the heart of summer. And despite its traditional Cuban roots, you don’t have to take a flight to enjoy the drink in all its glory today. Read on for ten of our favorite mojito-making spots in Hoboken and Jersey City for your celebrating convenience.
Barbès | 1300 Park Avenue, Hoboken
This Uptown Moroccan spot has a unique take on a mojito with vodka instead of rum. Called ‘The Rock’n Moroccan,’ it’s served with vodka, agave syrup, fresh lime juice, and mint leaves over crushed ice. The food is a North African + French blend, making for flavorful and delicious eats to go alongside a super refreshing drink.
Baja | 104 14th Street, Hoboken
We highly recommend this spot for guacamole and a crisp fajita salad — and, of course, for a mojito. The mango mojito is an ideal combination of light + refreshing with a sweet, bright note to it. You also can’t go wrong with a classic mojito.
Belo Bar | 104 Hudson Street
Live music including a whole lot of jazz, good vibes, and great cocktails. Belo Bar is a must-visit when you’re in the mood for classic or innovative cocktails – tall delicious mojitos included.
Hard Grove | 284 1st Street, Jersey City, New Jersey
It’s no surprise that this Cuban restaurant makes a mean mojito — and it even claims to make one of the best in the area. Whether you’re craving something more classic or something with a fun twist (like a mango or even a coconut mojito), this is the spot to go. The mango mojitos are especially awesome in the summer.
La Isla Uptown | 25 12th Street, Hoboken
Yep, another Cuban-inspired restaurant makes the list with a to-die-for mojito titled the “Mojito Classico” but it’s not quite so classic at all (and we mean that in the best way). The cocktail is made with Bacardi lemon, mint, simple syrup, fresh lime, and club soda, plus you can choose a flavor: classic, mango, passionfruit, coconut, pineapple, and more.
Lola’s | 153 14th Street, Hoboken
This Spanish wine bar + tapas spot might be known for its sangria, but don’t sleep on the mojito. The mojitos are ice cold, packed with mint (as they should be), and super refreshing.
Orale Mexican Kitchen | 1426 Willow Avenue, Hoboken + 341 Grove Street, Jersey City
We swear, the second you walk into Orale you just feel cooler. We’re not sure whether it’s the graffitied walls, the live music, or the Day of the Dead decor, but it’s a place you instantly want to hang out in. The good news today is this tequila bar also offers a super unique take on a classic mojito: The Pina Colada Mojito. While it’s not on the menu, you can still request this tasty drink.
Rumba Cubana | 235 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City
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Yes, another Cuban spot — because of course Cuban spots serve the best mojitos. Rumba Cubana has 5 locations throughout New Jersey. Diners are not starved for mojito options here. There’s a classic (rum, mint leaves, lime, sugar, soda), a skinny mojito (with agave nectar instead of sugar), a tropical mojito (pineapple + coconut rum), Rumbero mojito (sugar cane rum), and a spicy mojito (spicy rum, fresh jalapeño wedges).
South House | 149 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
You might not think this Jersey City bar known for its Southern food and eclectic decorations would be a top mojito destination, but that’s only because you haven’t tried their renowned Midnight Mojito. The cocktail offers a mix of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, mint, strawberry, orange, fresh-squeeze lime, sugar, and a splash of lemon-lime soda.
The Cuban | 333 Washington Street
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Take a trip to Havana without leaving Washington Street with dinner and drinks at the Cuban. The place bursts with authenticity and the mojitos are strong and well-made. You can choose between a classic Cuban Mojito and flavors such as mango, passionfruit, pineapple coconut, and guava (be warned: while delicious, adding a fruit does give it a sweeter taste than the refreshing sip mojitos are known for).