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What's the Difference Between a Margarita & a Mojito? October 11, 2018

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What's the Difference Between a Margarita & a Mojito?, Lincoln, Nebraska

Unless you’re a cocktail connoisseur, mojitos and margaritas may look similar to you on first glance. There’s no denying that both these drinks use lime as an ingredient to enhance the flavor and complement their sweet notes. However, this pretty much where their similarities end. If you’re planning a night out at a cocktail lounge, be sure to learn the difference between these two specialty drink concoctions.

Distinguishing Between Mojito & Margarita at a Cocktail Lounge

1. Origin

Margaritas originate from Mexico, and they were first introduced in the 1930s. Some historical accounts trace it back to the Tijuana region, where it was named after a young actress. Mojitos, on the other hand, come from Cuba. While they gained popularity in the 1930s, the drink has been around since the 1800s. Historically, this was the cocktail of choice for pirates traveling between South America and the Caribbean.

2. Ingredients

Cocktail LoungeA serving of classic margarita typically features two parts white tequila to one part each of lime and orange liquor. The resulting, hand-shaken concoction stands out with its refreshing taste and sports sweet and tangy undertones. In contrast, cocktail lounges use white rum as the main mojito ingredient and top it up with lime juice, mint, sparkling water, and sugar syrup. The tartness from lime perfectly balances out the sweetness from sugar, balancing the flavor profile perfectly. Mint adds a tropical flair and freshness to the prepared mix.

3. Variants

As the two drinks have gained in popularity, mixologists have come up with flavor variations to the authentic recipes. Flavors like strawberry, pomegranate, mango, and pear add further dimension and depth to the original taste. Mojito has also seen similar experimentation with its classic recipe. Its newer versions often use dark rum instead of the white one used in the traditional method. Fruity additions like mangos, raspberries, and pineapples lend a more definitive tropical touch to this delicious drink.


It takes experience and expertise to create delightful servings of classic mojito and margarita. Head to Starlite Lounge & Banquet Room whenever you want to enjoy an incredible variety of bar drinks. Featuring a classic 1940s interior decor, the Lincoln, NE-based cocktail lounge is ready to serve up their premium concoctions, complete with appetizers and games. For further information about their drink menu and event hall reservation, call (402) 475-8822 or visit their website.

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