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If You Like Mojitos, You’ll Love These 7 Cocktails

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We love Mojitos. On a sweltering day, nothing beckons more than the mix of cool mint and booze, assuming your bartender will even make one for you. But the bracing Caribbean beverage requires too much work for some situations with its muddling, muddling and more muddling. Fortunately, a Mojito isn’t the only way to satisfy a minty craving or give use to that handle of white rum that’s been gathering dust on your bar cart. Here are seven refreshing cocktails that Mojito lovers will enjoy.

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A Mojito’s elegance lies in its simplicity and ability to highlight really good ingredients. The Daiquiri is even more stripped down, so quality rum and fresh citrus are key. Put down the mint, and learn to master this refined Caribbean cocktail.

The Essentials

White Rum
Demerara Syrup
Lime Juice
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Minty cocktails are reliable when you need a quick cool-down during summer heat waves. But when the mercury hits an all-time high, it’s time to bust out the big guns with an ice cold slushie. Whipping up a frozen Mojito by throwing the components in a blender is easy enough—the mint even turns the whole drink a nice shade of green—but adding a few dashes of Angostura bitters will give it unexpected complexity and enough intrigue to distract you from triple digit temperatures.

The Essentials

gold rum
Sour Mix
mint
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The best spicy drinks don’t just broil the roof of your mouth with capsicum; they balance that heat with other flavors. For this spicy cocktail mashup, elements of the Mojito—lime and mint—keep muddled jalapeños in check, while fruity grapefruit a la the Paloma brings balance to the pleasingly spicy sipper.

The Essentials

blanco tequila
Jalapeño
Squirt Soda
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When ice arrived in the Caribbean in the 18th century, locals crafted pronged swizzle sticks out of tree branches to mix their Highballs of molasses and water. Meeting halfway, the Rum Swizzle swaps the molasses for booze and combines the spirit with lime, nutty falernum and mint. For a Mojito drinker, it’s an equally refreshing rum drink that’s darker, sweeter and nuttier.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Lime Juice
Falernum
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If mouth-tingling, breath-reviving mint is your favorite part of the Mojito, then the Mint Julep will be a welcome addition to your cocktail rotation. Sweet bourbon is an easy jump from rum, especially when swaddled in minty crushed ice. Plus, the classy tin julep cup is a serious upgrade from the Mojito’s plain highball glass.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Simple Syrup
mint
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You could almost mistake a Gin Rickey for your beloved Mojito, but you’ll discover a simpler, more citrus-forward highball upon first sip. While the original Rickey called for bourbon, gin makes for a cleaner carbonated cocktail with brighter flavors, perfect for those accustomed to sweeter, viscous Mojitos.

The Essentials

Gin
Lime
Club Soda
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The Chilcano may initially seem a vast departure from the Mojito, as the only ingredient the two share is lime. But look a little closer and you’ll find many of the same flavors. Unaged pisco is light and grassy when combined with spicy ginger beer, and fresh lime juice only enhances the combination’s zip. It isn’t as sweet as a Mojito, but the Chilcano will more than quench your thirst when the craving hits.

The Essentials

pisco
fresh lime juice
Ginger beer

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