Recreate the Mojito Caballito from Havana’s legendary Sloppy Joe’s

Sloppy Joe’s is the legendary Havana bar frequented by leading men and starlets during and after the Prohibition era. Mojito Caballito, one of four variations of the mojito served here, uses dry vermouth. It’s named “Caballito” because the long strip of lime peel hanging off the glass resembles the neck of a little horse.

Watch Paul McGee, bartender of Chicago’s Lost Lake tiki bar, show us how in the video above.


Mojito Caballito

2 oz. light rum
6 large mint leaves
2 lime wedges
½ tablespoon white granulated sugar
½ tablespoon demerara sugar
1 oz. Topo Chico, or any super fizzy mineral water
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz. dry vermouth


Add mint leaves, lime wedges, sugar mixture, lime juice, and mineral water in tall glass. Lightly muddle. Add crushed ice, rum, and vermouth. Swizzle to mix. Add more crushed ice. Top with mint bouquet and a long strip of lime peel.


Wolfgang von Schrei

"That looks damned tasty, I should totally make that sometime."

*Wolfgang remembers he's lazy AF and a garbage person, goes to the fridge for another PBR.*