Turn your house into a Havana hot spot with a refreshing Mojito! This classic summer cocktail has sweet mint, bubbly club soda, lime, and rum!
Why We Love Mojitos
- Mojitos hail from Cuba, where it’s nice and warm, so you know this is the perfect drink to cool you down to keep you dancing the night away.
- This drink is super easy to make, and no bartending skills are required! Muddling the mint takes a little labor, but then you toss in the rest of the ingredients and enjoy your drink.
- The Mojito is not a sweet drink but muddling the mint with the sugar gives this drink a sweet twist that is more on the refreshing side, rather than a dessert vibe.
- The fresh mint and lime are so aromatic that you can smell how delicious this drink is before you even taste it!
MINT: Grab a package of mint from the produce section of the grocery store or harvest some from your mint plant. Spearmint is a popular choice and is what is sold in grocery stores, and you can also use whatever variety you grow at home.
LIMES: You will need lime for juicing and to cut into wedges for garnish so it might be a good idea to just grab a bag of limes, especially because this drink is amazing and you’ll want more than one.
SIMPLE SYRUP: For this mojito recipe, you will need simple syrup to sweeten things up. Simply syrup is great because there are no sugar granules floating around your drink. You can also substitute honey, agave syrup, or stevia if you prefer.
RUM: White rum is the preferred rum for this drink, such as Bacardi Silver rum. A Bacardi Mojito is a bar staple that won’t let you down.
CLUB SODA: Grab enough club soda to top off the mojitos. There is no exact amount here because it depends on the size of glass you use and how big the ice is you add.
How to Make a MojitoJump to Recipe
STEP 1 Add the mint, lime wedges, and simple syrup to the bottom of a tall glass. Muddle them together just enough to release the lime juice and express the mint oils.
STEP 2 Add the ice and rum to the glass and then top off the drink with club soda.
STEP 3 Give the cocktail a stir and garnish with more lime and/or mint and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- There are a lot of mint varieties so don’t be afraid to experiment and try a new kind! Orange mint, ginger mint, and chocolate mint are just the tip of the mint iceberg so see what you like!
- When muddling the mint, don’t try to break and grind it- you don’t want it to become mushy. You just want to press the leaves hard enough to release the wonderful mint oils.
- Don’t have a muddler? No problem, just use the end of a wooden spoon!
- Before garnishing and serving the drink, taste it! If it’s too sweet add more club soda. If it’s not sweet enough add more sugar. Add more rum just because you can!
- Excited to try more flavors? Set up a mojito bar so everyone can experiment! Muddle a few raspberries or blueberries with the sugar and mint or add a little strawberry or watermelon puree. Looking for a tropical flair? Mix in a few ounces of mango nectar, cream of coconut, or muddle pineapple! This versatile drink is ready to take on all of your summer requests!
Mojito Recipe FAQ
Is it pronounced mojito or mohito?
This wonderful Cuban creation is pronounced with a Spanish “j” so it sounds like “mo-hee-toh”.
Is a Mojito a strong drink?
The classic mojito is not an overly strong drink and is on par with a glass of wine. Made with 80-proof rum, a mojito comes in around 13% ABV (alcohol by volume), whereas most hard seltzers are around 5% and a margarita is about 20%, just to give you a range for reference.
Do bartenders hate making mojitos?
There is a popular saying that if the bartender makes one mojito they’ll end up making 100 that night! Mojitos are delicious and easy to drink and when it’s hot out it’s especially a crowd favorite. When they go out to a table, other patrons inevitably want to order a mojito too.
The muddling takes a bit of time so it’s not a quick drink to make, which most bartenders prefer when the well printer has been going non-stop. While bartenders don’t always hate making mojitos, they pretty much do on super busy nights, like Fridays!
Other Recipes You May Like
- Add the mint, lime wedges, and simple syrup to a tall glass. Muddle together just enough to release the lime juice and mint oils.
- Pour in the rum and fill the glass with ice. Top with club soda and give everything a stir.
- Garnish with a mint spring and lime wheel. Serve immediately.
- Natural sweeteners like honey, agave syrup, and stevia can be substituted for simple syrup if desired.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.