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Get the Columbia Restaurant's Mojito Recipe

Columbia Restaurant Group

The Columbia Restaurant has been a fixture in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood since 1905, making it Florida’s oldest family-owned eatery.Now with locations throughout the state, the restaurant is known for its storied past, live flamenco shows and of course its menu of Spanish and Cuban favorites.

In this excerpt from WUSF's new food podcast, The Zest, fifth-generation Columbia owner Andrea Gonzmart Williams offers tips for making a better mojito and muses on what makes the drink so refreshing.

You can find the recipe, along with instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast, at

laughing with mojitos
Fifth-generation Columbia Restaurant owner Andrea Gonzmart Williams, right, shares a laugh with "The Zest" producer Dalia Colón.