Mojito Mint

June 6, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I went to Richters Herbs on our way back from Toronto. It was a long detour from the 401 and well worth it. Inside was an impressive array of herbs, sometimes over 15 varieties of one type. I had my eye on the Mojito Mint, a Cuban mint brought over to Canada last year. This mint is used in mojitos, a Cuban drink made with rum, powdered sugar, lime juice and club soda. This will be a tasty little drink on a hot summer’s day on my new deck!

Note: mint is very invasive so it’s best to plant it in a 2 gallon pot lined with weed barrier and placed in the ground. Last year I had a pot of chocolate mint on my deck that didn’t come back, probably because I didn’t protect it from the harsh Canadian winter and it froze and died. Planting it into a pot in the ground will ensure that your favourite mint comes back and behaves.


11 Responses to “Mojito Mint”

  1. Jameskie Says:

    Hi. How is the Mojito mint doing? Is it in the ground or a pot? Mi esposa and I are heading to Toronto (from Kanata) soon, and thinking of swinging by Richter’s. After numerous experiments we know there is NO substitute for real Mojito mint.

    Great blog (and name!). Cheers!

    Jameskie in Kanata

  2. Kathy Says:

    Hi Jameskie!

    The mint is doing really well in its new pot. I’ve re-potted it and you can read about it here. I’ve just bought some chocolate mint and will be doing the same.


  3. Rhonda Schmeidler Says:

    I ordered some mojito mint from Richter’s. (I WISH I lived closer to them!) I ordered the live plants and while only two (of twelve) madeit, I am excited about them! However, the growing instructions that came with were very generic… do you happen to have any words of wisdom to share? I plan to keep it inside this winter (I live in Kansas) becuase they are REALLY tiny right now.

    LOVE the name of your site!

  4. Kathy Says:

    Hi Rhonda,

    I planted my potted mint (pot and all) into a spot in my garden so that it could survive the winter without having to bring it in. I have to admit that my mint hasn’t fared that well under my care and I’m hoping that it’ll grow like gangbusters come next summer.

    If you want to keep it inside over the winter, put it in a southern-facing window that gets lots of light. You may need to supplement the light source with a fluorescent lamp. I’d also plant those other ten in the hopes that there is something still viable under the soil.

    Good luck!

  5. Kasandra Says:

    I’ve just returned from Cuba, and noticed that Richter was carrying this mojito mint. Did yours survive the winter?

    I live in BC and they want to charge me 48 bucks for shipping $96 worth of plants!

    Did you try the plugs, or the larger plants? Maybe i should just stick with those.

    any info you can give me would help.

    all the best

  6. Kathy Says:

    Hi Kasandra,

    I have yet to find out if my mint has survived this winter. I’ll be looking eagerly for new growth in spring. Until then I’ll keep my fingers crossed as it rests under a 2′ blanket of snow!

    I bought the larger plant when I went to the store. From what I understand Richter’s plugs are very small, however, mint expands really quickly so perhaps it’s not so bad.

    Good luck!


  7. […] 24, 2008 I wasn’t sure if the Mojito Mint that I bought from Richter’s Herbs last year would come back despite it being a perennial herb that is hardy in Canadian zones 5 – 9.  I had […]

  8. bert Says:

    Does somebody know where I can buy this Mojito Mint in Europe?

  9. Mike Says:

    Hey! Does anybody know where I can buy a single plant (im in Oregon, US)? I don’t need to start with an army of cuban mint, just a viable sprig! Any help would be awesome! Thanks much,


  10. […] – she had so many I’ve never heard of – apple mint was my favorite unknown. She also had a mojito mint imported through Canada originating in Cuba – of course, that’s the one we went home with. […]

  11. Linda Says:

    I ordered two plants of Mojito Mint from someone selling it in the U.S. I really don’t know why nurseries here don’t sell it. It’s a great mint! And mojitos…well, I try not to have those too often, but they are really nice! One of the two mints I ordered is going to a friend and we are going to propagate them. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: