We consider our self trained mojito masters. Why you ask?  We sailed to Cuba on the Schooner Wolf  and were the first Americans to Run Rum to Cuba. Now you would say it takes some huevous to bring rum from Key West to Cuba, as they have amazing rum. We wanted to say thank you for the 80 some years that they ran rum to Key West and the Florida Keys by buying them a round with ours! 

The bonus that was given to use by the Cuban people was training us how to make Cuban Mojitos, as they make the best. My name is Paul Menta, menta means "mint" in spanish so i better make a dam good one!

We went to the famous and not so famous bars, homes and drinking places and we shown the secrets with the techniques on how to make a Real Mojito!

We now share this information in classes with The Key West Mojito Rums we make. Our goal is to train you to make them and enjoy with your family and friends and be the place that "The Mojito Party" happens.

key west first legal rum distillery

KEY WEST FIRST LEGAL RUM

- Meet the Chef Distillers -

OWNER | CHEF DISTILLER: PAUL MENTA

Chef Paul Menta has kitesurfed from Key West to Cuba and pursued his sport in places as extreme as a lake beside three Guatemalan volcanoes at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Widely regarded as a kiteboarding pioneer, he adventured around the world and then settled in Key West, where he pursued a career as a chef and restaurateur. In 2013, Menta opened the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, turning his talents as a chef to the creation of fine locally-produced rums. Located in a former Coca-Cola bottling plant, the distillery is decorated with memorabilia from the Keys’ rum-soaked past. Also the author of “NativeFuel,” a Keys cookbook/food history book, Menta enthralls distillery visitors with quirky tales and rum-tasting sessions.

CRYSTAL MENTA: DISTILLERY/MIXOLOGIST MANAGER

LEAD DISTILLER: EMILY CRAIG

BOB "THIS IS A RHODE ISLAND ACCENT" ADAM

Bartender-Mojito Class Instructor-Rum Explorer Joanne Delorme Scott

DISTILLER LEE SCHOB

DISTILLER PAYTON McCONNELL

GALLERY

GRAND OPENING

THANK YOU TO MAYOR CRAIG CATES, STATE REPRESENTATIVE HOLLY MERRILL RASCHEIN, NAS CAPTAIN MCALEARNEY!