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Summer Cocktail: Red Carpet Mojito is a Toast to the Cannes Festival Du Film

My favorite Cannes cocktail for the 71st Cannes Film Festival 2018 is the fiery crimson Red Carpet Mojito from the Plage Magestic 71 Lounge.  This charming local is located on the beach side of La Croisette opposite The Majestic Barrière and just steps away from the Palais du Festival, where much of the red carpet action takes place.

Between star gazing, attending a screening at the Olympia Theatre and ogling the red carpet fashion shows, I had the opportunity to cruise the Cannes Hot Spots.  I enjoyed every luscious moment on the Cote d’Azur trying cocktails up and down the Croisette.  It’s a great spot for people watching with a view of the yachts and their passengers in the old port.  Then there is the helipad where many guests are dropped off at the numerous parties, screening and meetings known as the wonder of The Cannes Film Festival.  You may have seen one of your favorite actors here –  I was hoping to rub shoulders with Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Pierce Brosnan, Léa Sedoux, Maria Borges, Benicio Del Toro, Chris Tucker, Adrien Brody, John Travolta, Sonya Rolland or Charlotte Le Bon, to name a few, before closing ceremonies.

Red Carpet Mojito Tasha with RCM Cannes Film Festival

Photo by Stephanie Slama:  The Red Carpet Mojito

Today, however, I was much more focused on discovering the “it drink.”  The Red Carpet Mojito is not your ordinary mojito!  It is guaranteed to be the most refreshing cocktail you’ll find.  It will take the edge off for your meeting movie moguls who may just invite you to a yacht soirée.

Whether your interest is in film, fashion or simply the fanfare during festival season or whatever reason brings you to Cannes, try the Red Carpet Mojito at the Magestic Plage 71 and ask for Giorgio!

Red Carpet Mojito Tasha Powell and Barman Plage Magestic CANNES Film Festival

Photo by Stephanie Slama:  Tasha Powell and Barman Giorgio at the Plage Magestic 71

If you would like to make this Red Carpet Mojito at home for your summer guests, the recipe follows:

Red Carpet Mojito Plage Magestic CANNES Film Festival

Red Carpet Mojito

This is an easy drinking summer cocktail (maybe too easy). Gather some fresh berries, ice and mint for a refreshing toast to summer and the movie stars at the Cannes Film Festival.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine French
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 4 Lime Wedges
  • 2 strawberries muddled
  • 2 Raspberries muddled and 2 whole raspberries for garnish
  • 1/3 of glass Lemon Soda (Sprite) or soda water
  • 4 Mint Sprigs
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • 2-3 shots of White Rum


  • Start with strawberries, raspberries, sugar and mint leaves and muddle them in a bowl.
  • Squeeze and then drop in a tall glass 4 lime wedges with the muddled fruit and mint.
  • Add lemon soda and top with your very best white rum.
  • The result a beautiful crimson cocktail that is minty, fruity and has just the right amount of alcohol!
  • Garnish with lots of fresh mint and raspberries.
    Red Carpet Mojito Plage Magestic CANNES Film Festival


Drinkware: Tall glass
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice with a straw
Garnish: Sprigs of mint and fresh raspberries
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Tasha Powell

Tasha Powell

Tasha Powell is a food stylist and writer who specializes in working with celebrity chefs and leaders in the hospitality industry. She cooks and styles for monographs, cookbooks and Satellite Media Tours, working between North America and Europe. Take a look at her mouthwatering photos on Cooking with a French Twist. Since July 2020, she has offered themed Zoom cooking classes influenced by her travels in France and Morocco. Here are a few:

• Fusion Vegetarian Menu: Cheese Soufflé, Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime Crème Fraiche & Floating Islands
• Fall in Provence: Carrot Soup, Seared Duck Breast and Chocolate & Pear Tarte
• 3-Course Gluten-Free Menu: Panisse, Grilled Shrimp & Chocolate Towers with Michelin Star plating techniques
• Food Styling Tips: Apéro Dînatoire, presentation & plating
• 4-Course Gluten-Free Menu: Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce, Zucchini Rollups, Roasted Leek Salad & Chocolate Lava Cakes, Michelin Star plating techniques
• Just Stuffed! Stuffed Aubergines, Tomatoes & Zucchini
• Provençal Cuisine: Baked Ratatouille Tian & Tarte du Soleil
• Add Sparkle, Shimmer, Silver and Gold to Your Culinary Presentations! By Lynn Neuberg of Easy Leaf Products and Chef Tasha Powell

Class listings can be found at Chef Tasha Events

Tasha also arranges culinary tours with Barbara Pitcher in Provence, France, in Marrakech, Morocco, in Sicily, Italy and in Parry Sound, Canada under Pitcher and Powell Cuisine and Culture.

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