WHAT locals have known for a long time has now been verified by the worldwide web - that mojitos from Fish D'Vine's Rum Bar are among the world's best.
The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach has made the cut for ninemsn's travel page, Armchair Traveller, in a report on the top 10 best mojitos in the world. Ninemsn journalist Fiona Harper did her research, "propping up bar stools from Havana to Hamilton Island" and concluded that Airlie's Rum Bar was up there with the likes of La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba.
Rum Bar manager Mark Wyatt said he was "pleasantly flattered" by the accolade.
"We've been passionately making mojitos for eight years now and I think it's incredible to be up there with the home of mojitos in Cuba," he said.
Also known as "Dr Rum", Mr Wyatt says the recognition is as important for Airlie Beach as it is for the business at Fish D'Vine.
"You always get these accolades in capital city bars, so I think it's great for Airlie Beach to be recognised for its quality beverages," he said.
Mr Wyatt said the Rum Bar's most popular drink was the original Cuban-style mojito, consisting of lime, mint, sugar, three-year-old white Havana rum, crushed ice and sparkling water, "made with love".
"And what we did was tweak it a bit and make the flavours more intense - and serve it with a bit of cheek as well," he said.
"As much as we take pride in our Savoy-standard cocktails, fresh local ingredients, imported speciality items, mammoth rum wall and extensive knowledge, this all would be nothing without a laugh and a smile."
The Rum Bar at the end of Airlie's main street boasts an collection of 365 rums including some very rare examples. For more information visit www.fishdvine.com.au/rumbar.