It wasn't until he relocated to Cuba and started downing mojitos by the gallon that Ernest Hemingway descended into full-blown alcoholism. But had La Isla

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La Isla

It wasn't until he relocated to Cuba and started downing mojitos by the gallon that Ernest Hemingway descended into full-blown alcoholism. But had La Isla existed in the '40s, his troubles would have begun in Ballard. Granted, the establishment is actually a Puerto Rican restaurant, but its bartenders have the traditional Cuban highball down to a science, churning out hundreds every night. La Isla's mojito is a perfect fusion of light rum, muddled mint, lime, and homemade syrup that the staff will only reveal is made "with love." The cocktail is also available in flavors like passion fruit, mango, and coconut. If you want to get extra fancy,

request the 10 Cane mojito, made with a premium handcrafted rum that goes down so smoothly you'll be hard-pressed not to follow in Hemingway's shoes and order another (and another). —Erika Hobart 2320 N.W. Market St., 789-0516

 
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