March 6, 2015

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Mojito MoJo

Northerners tout the Mojito as the latest and greatest new cocktail, but in the South, its cousin, the mint julep, has been around for decades.

Ernesto Plagata, general manager of acclaimed Ortanique on Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile, says there’s nothing new about the Mojito. It’s always been around and has always been popular. He should know; Ortanique has made the Miami Herald’s annual “Hot List” for Best Mojito since 2002.

The ingredient list is simple: Rum, sugar, lime, fresh mint and club soda. Ortanique’s bartender, Joel Garcia, chooses Bacardi Superior rum. The sugar syrup is made in-house. Each Mojito is freshly made. Nothing is premixed.

Says Plagata: “It’s our most often ordered cocktail. Often it’s the first cocktail, but you can drink them anytime.”

Go to LinksLinks: For Ortanique's Mojito recipe, go to the Links page.

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