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More Than a Mojito

More Than a Mojito 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Jul 2, 2018

This is a refreshing take on the classic mojito cocktail, incorporating pineapple, vanilla and the fresh herb culantro instead of mint.

To read the accompanying story, see: Sazón and struggle: In Puerto Rico and Cuba, food is a marker of resilience and creativity.

Where to Buy: Culantro, also called saw-tooth herb or wild coriander, has long leaves with jagged edges and a flavor that is more assertive than cilantro. It is available in the produce section in Latino markets; we found it at Panam International on 14th Street NW in the District.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
  • 3/4 lime, cut into thin slices
  • 2 fresh culantro leaves, plus 1 for garnish (see headnote)
  • 1 to 2 small drops vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • Ice
  • Club soda


Muddle the sugar, lime slices and 2 culantro leaves in a tall glass, until the sugar has mostly dissolved. Add the vanilla extract (to taste), the pineapple juice and rum, stirring to incorporate.

Add enough ice so that it rises above the level of the mixture, then top with club soda. Garnish with a culantro leaf.

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Recipe Source

Created by Marisa Cadena, of the now-closed Lucky Luna restaurant in Brooklyn; adapted from "Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South," by Von Diaz (University Press of Florida, 2018).

Tested by Kara Elder.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (using 1/2 ounce club soda): 170

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 5mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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