In February 2012, I visited the San Juan Marriott and Stellaris Casino, in San Juan, Puerto Rico for my second time. As I was leaving Puerto Rico at the end of my first trip there in August 2012 the main lobby area and bar was about to get a major facelift and when I returned in February it was completed and looked fantastic.

The bar and lobby area alone probably makes the San Juan Marriott one of my favourite hotels in the world. Open most of the day with a full service bar and light menu, at night time the lights dim, the music is turned up and it becomes a bumping night club, with DJs and entertainment it is a place that isn’t just for the tourists and hotel guests but one that the locals enjoy as well.

Newly opened with a complete facelift as the Red Coral Lounge I didn’t think that there was any better way to celebrate my first time there at the new bar then to try each drink on the drink list!

Staying away from the Wine and Spirits I went straight for the list of 9 drinks of Mojitos and Caipirinhas. With a few classic, Piña Coladas and Cervezas mixed in I successfully completed the drink list and then some during my 3 night stay.

The drink list was as follows:

Mojitini – a mix between a Mojito and a Martini, the classic Mojito, the Mojito Diablo, Mangojito (my favourite!), Jalapeño Mojito, Draonberry Mojito, Pineapple Caipirinha with sweet lime foam, classic Caipirinha and finally a Candy Cane Caipirinha (the candy cane was substituted with a peppermint liquor instead because of the season).

From this experiment I have learned that I am not a big fan of the Caipirihna. I’m not sure if the liquor was just to strong for me or what it was but I do know I am yet to be an liquor connoisseur, however the Mojito’s were fantastic. The classic Moijito was nice and fresh, the Diablo with its devilish tequila, Cassis and Sierra Mist was spearmint goodness, the Jalapeño was spicy and different which I bet would go great with Mexican food, the Dragonberry was fruity and chunky with the extra strawberries added in however my favourite by far was the Mangojito. Made with local Don Q Rum, mint, sugar cane, fresh limes and the Pièce de résistance the fresh chunks of Mango. I could of probably sat there all day drinking and eating the Mangojito, if there only wasn’t sun to enjoy, and Piña Coladas to drink on the beach and Cervezas to have in the pool. However yes, each night I was back at the bar having one or two Mangojitos.

If you are ever visiting Puerto Rico, I recommend you check out the San Juan Marriott and Stellaris Casino not only for the location, the beach, the pools, the friendly staff and great service but for the Red Coral Lounge and the Mangojito.

Are you a fan of Mojito’s? What is your favourite?