The mojito -- that rum and mint cocktail that tastes like summer in a glass – is not a drink to be trusted to amateurs. For the best in Denver, head to one of these six hot spots.
The Hornet: Ideal for locavores and mojito aficionados alike, The Hornet uses Montanya -- a Colorado rum from Silverton offering slight undertones of vanilla -- then finishes it off with hints of basil & strawberry. 76 Broadway St.; 303-777-7676
Sabor Latino: This Highland neighborhood restaurant includes more than fresh lime and mint to their concoction – coconut, raspberry, apple and vanilla will also titillate your taste buds. 4340 W. 35th Ave.; 303-455-8664
Cuba Cuba: Known for their impressive rum bar (www.cubacubacafe.com), the bartenders here have this Cuban cocktail figured out. Try twice as many of their high-end rum mojitos during mojito happy hour when they’re half off. Want a specialty flavor? Just ask. Happy hour: Mondays - Thursdays, 5pm - 6:15pm 1173 Delaware St.; 303-605-2822
TAG: Located in Larimer Square, TAG has a rep for creating pure art from a common base recipe. Their specialty mojito is no different, complementing the lime and mint surprisingly well with kumquat and jalepeño. 1441 Larimer St.; 303.996.9985
Mynt Mojito Lounge: You’ll find over 20 specialty mojitos at this downtown lounge including ginger, cucumber-pear and Hawaiian flavors -- some served by the glass and others with a pitcher option. Our favorite? The Mile High, of course, topped with Champagne. 1424 Market St.; 303-825-6968
Buchi Café Cabano: Buchi has found the secret to the perfect traditional mojito, and they aren’t messing with what works. For a flawless, unadulterated drink this is the place to go. 2651 W. 38th Ave.; 303-458-1328