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You can't really go wrong with a mojito, but the perfect rum can make it so much more right. First crafted in Havana, Cuba, this beloved drink is one of the most refreshing cocktails around. With a mix of rum, fresh lime, mint, and soda water, it also has the potential to be one of the healthiest cocktails on the menu—depending on how it's made, of course. Whether your tastes tend toward the traditional recipe, or toward more playful, fruit-forward variations, no party or cocktail hour is complete without a well-made mojito.
Here, the best rum for mojitos.
A favorite among artisan cocktail experts like David Kaplan of Death & Co., Caña Brava is smooth, silky, and a little bit fruity, with just a touch of sweetness. One of a few high-profile rums made in Panama, this favorite variation is still true to the traditional Cuban roots of its master distiller.
This copper-distilled and cask-aged white rum has hints of vanilla and oak that shine through the sugarcane. Another work of art by master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez (also of Caña Brava fame), Selvarey is smooth and complex enough to sip. This rum will definitely take your mojito to the next level.
Subtly spiced and ideal for mixing, this Haitian rum is distilled using the same methods utilized in the French cognac-making tradition. A creative choice for those looking for something off the beaten path, Rhum Barbancourt is excellent for the local Cuban mojito variation made with yerba buena.