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by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 10, 2018

Cheryl-Anne Sturken, contributing senior editor for Meetings & Conventions magazinemojito, from Getty ImagesThe mojito, the traditional Cuban highball made of white rum, sugar, fresh lime juice, sparkling water and muddled mint, is a timeless summer drink. On July 11, in celebration of National Mojito Day, bars from coast to coast will be concocting their own crafty takes on this drink, said to be the favorite of writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived for years in a villa on the outskirts of Havana. Here are five hotel bars that mix a mean mojito.

191-room Carlisle, a Rosewood Hotel, New York City
Even if you've never heard of the classic children's story, Madeline, Bemelmans Bar, named in honor of the book’s author and illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans, is one of those timeless Manhattan watering holes well worth a visit, and not just because it has an extensive drink menu. The large-scale mural in the art deco-style bar, with scenes of New York's Central Park, is the only surviving Bemelmans work open to the public. It was commissioned in 1947 by the hotel's owners, and the artist asked only for rooms at the property in exchange for his artistry. The Old Cuban, on the menu, is billed as a “Champagne Mojito” made with Bacardi 8 Rum, mint, lime juice and Angostura bitters.

114-room Hotel Covington, Covington, Ky.
Housed in the former 1910 Coppin’s Department Store building and having opened less than two years ago following a $22 million renovation, this boutique newcomer already is making a splash with locals. Just outside the first-floor common area is a 6,000-square-foot enclosed space called the Courtyard, which plays host to a rotating program of visiting musicians and bands. The bar serves craft cocktails like Your Mojito, My Mojito, which gives patrons a choice of several refreshing flavors, like peppermint, cucumber, raspberry, mango or cantaloupe.

1,800-room Grand Hyatt, Baja Mar, Nassau, Bahamas
Part of a massive $4.2 billion, three hotel complex (SLS and Rosewood Baja Mar are the other two), the T2 Cigar Lounge at the Grand Hyatt, which opened in May 2017, is a sophisticated open-air lounge and terrace bar offering innovative cocktails, flights of rum, wines and champagnes as well as a curated collection of cigars. It's the creation of Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake, hence the name. Here, the mojitos are made by infusing the hotel's house-made tobacco syrup with lime, mint and rum.

982-room JW Marriott, Austin, Texas
Located right in the center of Downtown Austin and in business since 2015, this hotel is all about pushing the elegance scale. Reserve one of the private cabanas at Edge, the rooftop pool bar on the 33rd floor, and cool down with one of its signature cocktails, like the Coco Mojito, which is made with coconut water for an island twist in an urban setting.

The 297-room SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection, Beverly Hills, Calif.
It's been almost 10 years since this Philippe Starck-designed luxury hotel opened, steps from stylish Rodeo Drive, and the property remains at the top of its luxury game in a town that's known to be easily bored. The Bazaar restaurant, by celebrity chef and James Beard award winner José Andrés, serves traditional Spanish tapas like cured Spanish hams and specialty olives, and for a must-do libation, try the Magic Mojito, strained over cotton candy and served table-side.