What is more refreshing on a hot summer day than mint, rum, and bubbles? This Mojito cocktail will quench your thirst in no time while providing a bit of liquid libation!
- Mint. Fresh leaves for muddling and garnish.
- Lime. You could just add the juice but I like to smash the wedges with the mint.
- Sugar. Or agave or honey or whatever you want! Add this to taste.
- Ice. To chill things down.
- Rum. White.
How do I prepare a mojito?
- Muddle the mint and lime juice in the bottom of a highball or cocktail glass.
- Add a bit of sugar and more lime, muddle again.
- Fill with ice, top with rum and club soda, and enjoy!
The sugar can be replaced with healthier versions such as honey or agave, adding a natural sweetness that actually dissolves better in the cocktail.
Where are mojitos from?
Mojitos are from Cuba and possibly from as long ago as the 1500's.
While the history isn't clear, some say the cocktail was developed around the time that Sir Francis Drake arrived to rob Havana (the original version being "El Draque" or "The Drake.")
Are mojitos sweet?
Yes and no.
Mojitos are tart, citrusy, tangy, and minty. But, you can add as much sugar as you want.
Which rum is best for mojitos?
Any brand of your favorite white rum will do. I used Cruzan Light Rum, but you can also try Bacardi Silver White Rum, Appleton White Rum, Havana Club Anejo Blanco Rum, or Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum.
Can I use a different sweetener other than sugar?
Yes! To make a healthier or “skinny” mojito, replace the 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 ½ tablespoons of honey or agave nectar.
Honey or agave will change the flavor (not in a bad way) making your mojito unique from the traditional!
What do you do with a muddler?
A muddler is a bartender’s tool used to mash cocktail ingredients such as herbs, fruits, and spices in the bottom of a cocktail glass prior to mixing. The light pressure helps to release the ingredients’ juices and natural aromas.
How do you muddle mint without a muddler?
Simply use any gentle kitchen utensil such as the end of a wooden spoon or French rolling pin.
Mojito Cocktail Recipe
- 10 fresh mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 1/2 lime cut into 4 wedges, divided
- 2 tablespoons white sugar or to taste
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 1/2 ounces white rum
- 1/2 cup club soda
- In a medium sturdy glass, add mint leaves and 1 lime wedge. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime, releasing the mint oils and lime juice.
- Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
- Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour rum over ice and add club soda and more sugar to taste if desired. Garnish with mint leaves and remaining lime wedge.