Mojitos are pretty much the patron drink of South Florida. And why wouldn't they be? They're refreshing on a hot day, freaking delicious, and were invented 90 miles away from Key West -- we would've tried to figure out the exact distance, but math just isn't our thing.
The only problem with the mojito equation: Most bartenders hate them. They're time-consuming and easy to screw up, and once one person orders one, it spreads like a wildfire.
However, there is one local bartender known for his exceptional minty, sugary rum drinks, Manny Alayeto of Dada Restaurant & Lounge.
We decided to chat with the master mojito maker to find out more about his favorite spirit, strangest drink orders, and favorite drink to make.
Clean Plate Charlie: Hometown/High School?
Alayeto: Caracas, Venezuela, and then Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana.
How long have you been in South Florida?
How long have you been in the industry?
About eight years.
I knew I wanted to be a bartender when _______.
When I decided to make music my career choice.
Favorite drink to make?
Jack Daniel's Passion Fruit Margarita. I love to turn people onto whiskey in any way possible.