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It's Mojito season...who does the best one?

Now that the weather is warming up (hopefully for good), I can start dreaming of the things that I reserve for spring and summer in New England...one of those things is drinking mojitos on nice evenings. Sadly though I find that the mojito is an often disappointing drink if not done right. Any suggestions for where to get the best one? Bonus points if it's an establishment with outdoor seating...

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  1. Legal's Test Kitchen(LTK) in the Seaport District has the best watermelon Mojito....with a stick of cane sugar it.

    1. I like the mojitos at Chez Henri

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      1. re: mselin

        I was disappointed with the mojito's at Chez Henri, too much seltzer and not enough tart lime juice. They make them with Rose's Lime, not fresh squeezed lime juice. I had my first and I think best mojito in, of all places, Bar Harbor, Maine, at Havana (a great restaurant, but wrong CH Board to describe).

        1. re: BikeToEat

          Bike you must have the name confused with another place. There is no way in heck that Chez Henri uses Rose's in anything that calls for lime juice. They make a great mojito there.

          I actually prefer the ones at B-Side, for some reason.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            Alcachofa, I sat at the bar and watched the bartender pour Rose's lime into the glass for the mojito I had ordered. I was shocked. Granted this was about a year ago and it was the first and only time I ordered the drink there. I even asked the bartender if they always use it and he said yes. So perhaps, they have changed the recipe, bartender?

      2. Excelsior has a great one. Unfortunately no outdoor seating.

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        1. re: chezchristine

          The "house mojito" at Excelsior, if I can call it that, is actually called a "Bajito", because they use basil. It is good. They probably make a good traditional mojito as well. Last year, they did actually have a couple tables outside, as well as a few lingering on the edge of the inside, right next to the big openings.

        2. Mango Mojitos at Orleans in Davis Square... I'm sure they do regular ones well too.

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          1. re: pamalamb

            Being somewhat of a traditionalist, I've only had the regular ones, and they are good!

          2. I'm very disappointed to hear about a bartender at Chez Henri using Rose's instead of fresh lime juice; I've never seen them take this shortcut, which is basically fatal to a Mojito. If I were served one like that at Chez Henri, I might complain to the chef/owner. I credit them with introducing the Mojito here. In my experience, they've always done a beautiful, fresh version, my favorite in Boston.

            Most bartenders, of course, now hate Mojitos, which are commonplace enough to no longer convey uniqueness on a bar, and are very labor-intensive.

            I didn't try it on a recent visit (we were drinking Tequila Gimlets), but I noticed the bartenders at Masa cranking out good-looking Mojitos all night long using fresh juice. That looks like a safe bet. Audubon Circle also does a good one. Both these places have patios.

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Chez Henri has used Rose's lime since day one.

              1. re: horace

                I really think you and BikeToEat are thinking of different place.

                1. re: Alcachofa

                  Shepard St, Cambridge, red sign. I am positive that I am referring to Chez Henri. I had a Cuban sandwich with my mojito.

                    1. re: Alcachofa

                      I'm shocked too. Something's fishy...

                      1. re: tatamagouche

                        Don't be shocked. I saw it last night with my own eyes. Chez Henri does indeed use Rose's in their Mojotos. The good news is they are absolutely delicious, if a little sweet for my tastes. I asked the bartender to make the second one less sweet and she did. Perfection in a glass, especially when sitting next to a cubano as big as your head.

                        1. re: yumyum

                          I've always loved 'em, don't get me wrong...

            2. I always enjoy a solid mojito at the B-Side and Eastern Standard. I'm bummed to read that the mojitos at Chez Henri have gone downhill. I began my mojito love-affair there several years ago. :(

              1. I had a fantastic mojito at Forest Cafe on Mass Ave. (Porter Square) last summer. On the other hand, the one I got at the outdoor bar at Legal's in Harvard Square (at the Charles Hotel) was vile. It tasted like it could serve as a household cleaning product. First time I've ever sent back a cocktail.

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                1. re: doctor_mama

                  I agree: I would never again order one at Legal's Harvard Sq. Too much soda water, and that nasty stick of sugar cane which is all you can taste. Plus the menu there is limited similar to what you'd find in an airport, not very good, and pricey to boot.

                  One I like a lot is the rasberry mojito at Jury's hotel (Cuff's bar). There's also a patio. Plus the Cashel blue burger with sauteed onions is ridiculously good.

                  1. re: epicurgirl

                    The West Side Lounge, right next to Forest Cafe, has an awesome blueberry mojito. Agree with MC Slim JB's comment that bartenders hate making them - I always feel guilty ordering them.

                  2. There was someone that posted a while back looking for sugar cane juice to make a special mojito. Make friends with them and see if they have a nice deck :-) :-)

                    I can't say I am a huge fan unless there is a palm tree overhead, but there was someone in Cambridge that muddled the limes with sugar and then bruised the mint (sort of a mojito using caipirinha techniques) -- that was a tasty mojito. I doubt they are still doing it, but between West Side Lounge and Chez Henri you have two possibilities around the corner from each other and someone suggested the Forest too. No outside seating (West Side has accordion windows), so follow MC Slim JB for that.

                    Even more tasty to me is the Palmyra at No 9 or changing styles but remaining in the cuban theme is the Periodista at ES.

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                    1. re: itaunas

                      some times hit or miss but if the bar @ middlesex lounge isn't four deep they make a pretty good one using fresh lime juice.

                    2. Nothing like a good mojito in the summer. I go to Masa during the week a lot for cocktails. One of the bartenders, Bethany, turned me on to her mojito, NOT the Masa version. She is Puerto Rican and makes it so right; fresh lime (not rose's), granulated sugar (not simple syrup), fresh mint, ice, silver rum. No need to reinvent classic drinks. She make a rockin margarita as well, NOT the Masa version.

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                      1. re: melikey

                        LOL!!!!! Saying a Puerto Rican makes the "right" mojito will get you in BIG trouble in certain parts. :o)))

                        Nevertheless your description does sound like she makes it "right". Good to know!

                        1. re: Alcachofa

                          Legal Seafood makes a pretty fair Mojito. Vibrant. Quenching. I could drink many of them. I had one the other day at Bouchee on Newbury St. Their house version had ginger. I ordered mine old school. It was reminiscent of mojitos I've had and went fine with the people watching. I wonder if you could make mojito slush?

                      2. This may be more properly asked on the Spirits board, but can any of the Boston Hounds tell me if I'm ordering Mojito's at the wrong places. I wanna like 'em in concept, Papa Hemingway, et al, I really do. But to me, it's like you could just as easily pull a stick of sugar out of the freezer and suck on it. I mean, there's usually so much sugar it just sets my teeth on edge. Again, am I ordering it the wrong, at the wrong places, or both? Meanwhile, I'll just sit over here in the corner with my Plymouth G&T and quietly await your responses.

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                        1. re: Harp00n

                          You must be ordering them at the wrong places. I had a few at Orleans in Somerville last week and they were refreshing and tart, not very sweet at all. Where have you ordered them? I'll be sure to avoid those places! :)

                          1. re: maillard

                            LTK...Legal Test Kitchen on the waterfront in Boston's Seaport District does a killer watermelon mojito with a stick of sugar cane in it to boot!

                            1. re: maillard

                              Louie's Backyard in Key West and I think the last one was at a Naked Fish, which has Cuban pretensions witnessed by their very mediocre Cubano as well. Maybe it's just not my kind of drink but based on your kind recommendation of Orleans I'll have to give that a try.

                          2. Had a really good one at Gargoyle's recently.

                            1. Have loved the ones at Chez Henri, but had a couple great, not so traditional Mojitos at Sibling Rivalry. One with strawberries in the spring, and on the next visit with raspberries. NOT too sweet, nice tall glass. I think the bartenders mix great drinks there.....and I do believe they have some outdoor seating.