Six refreshing summer mojitos in Chicago

On a hot July day, there’s nothing quite like a mojito to help you channel those summer vacation vibes. In and around Chicago, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and lounges serving their own unique version of the classic Cuban beverage.

From watermelon, mango and blackberry to the ever trendy Fernet Branca, the mojito customizations are seemingly endless.

The Mentajito

The Mentajito mixes together Fernet Branca Menta, dry rum, lime, soda, and fresh mint. “Menta” is a fernet variation that is enhanced with mint oil.This mint focus serves as an excellent twist on an otherwise classic Mojito.

Rumor has it that this cocktail was produced partially in honor of opera singer Maria Callas, who was known to drink Fernet with mint before her performances.

Saint Lou’s Assembly | West Loop

Watermelon Mojito

Las Palmas’ collection of signature cocktails contains plenty of gems, but we had to show some love to the watermelon mojito. This refreshing pink beverage consists of white rum, Xtabentun anise, honey liqueur, muddled mint, watermelon, freshly squeezed lime juice and a splash of club soda.

Las Palmas | Wicker Park

Classic Mojito

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Carnivale has been serving up some of the most delicious nuevo Latino cuisine in Chicago for over 10 years. One of their specialties is the classic mojito, which they’ve served over one million of since they’ve been open.

Yes, over one million mojitos served.

With a number like that, you know Carnivale is offering something special here.

Carnivale | West Loop

Classic Mojito

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The Ruin Daily, the newly opened boozy deli in the West Loop is offering a unique take on the classic mojito.

Beverage Director Dylan Stewart has created a version that mixes together Denizen 3 Year White Rum, fresh lime juice, mint, as well as Angostura bitters to give the drink a unique orange glow to set it apart from the pack.

The Ruin DailyWest Loop

Mojito Flight

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When an establishment labels themselves as a rum bar, you can be sure to expect some delicious concoctions. We couldn’t simply choose one mojito from their collection, we recommend trying a few.

Pictured here are Paladar’s mango, coconut, blackberry, guava, and cucumber mojitos. They all look and taste delicious, be sure to let us know which one you’re feeling the most.

Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar | Logan Square

Classic Mojito

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Known for their expertly crafted cocktails, MONEYGUN has created a unique take on the classic Mojito. The cocktail starts with dry muddling fresh mint to aromatize the glass and then mixes together two different kinds of rum, Brugal Especial Extra Dry & Brugal Anejo.

These ingredients are combined with a house sugar, simple fresh lime juice, and Topo Chico to add some bubbles to this classic sipper.

MONEYGUN | West Loop

Are there any Chicago mojitos that we missed? Be sure to let us know!

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