Classic Mojitos. Enjoy the refreshing taste of mint and lime in this easy to make mojito recipe! 

Classic mojito garnished with lime wedges and mint leaves.

This mojito recipe makes the perfect drink for summer, or winter! I love the refreshing hint of lime, but even more I love the flavor of the fresh mint in this drink. These are the perfect sit back and relax sipping cocktail recipe.

What is a Mojito

A mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail. It has a sweet, citrus flavor that comes from using fresh lime juice and sugar. Mixed with fresh mint leaves and white rum, this classic mojito recipe is perfect for sipping on a hot day, or for celebrating any time of year!  

Ingredients:

  • Mint leaves
  • Lime juice: freshly squeezed is the BEST!
  • White Rum
  • Club soda
  • Simple syrup or sugar
Pouring a classic mojito into a glass cup.

How to make: 

Mojitos are easy to make in a cocktail shaker. This allows you to muddle the mint leaves, and not end up with a drink that you need to strain with your teeth while you drink it. Not to mention you don’t need to floss all the green out the moment you are done.

  1. Mint Leaves: Add about 8-10 mint leaves to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Squeeze half a lime. And muddle these together. You only want to muddle the mint leaves enough to bruise the leaves, you don’t want to break them up into small pieces.
  3. Add the ice which will help chill the drink.
  4. Pour in the simple syrup and rum. Give it a shake.
  5. Pour the drink over some ice in a highball glass and top with club soda for some fizz.

How to make a simple syrup:

Simple syrup is an easy way to add sweetness to a drink. I love using simple syrup in this mojito recipe because it’s easy to mix in with the sugar already dissolved in the syrup, leaving no grittiness in the actual cocktail.

  1. Take equal parts water and white sugar.
  2. Heat the water in a small saucepan while stirring, until the sugar completely dissolves.
  3. This can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about 1 month.

What can I use instead of simple syrup?

  • If you would prefer another method instead of using a simple syrup in a mojito you could use a small amount of sugar instead, add about 2 tablespoons sugar with the mint leaves and lime juice, muddle it all together. Then add the ice and rum to the shaker.
  • You can also use agave syrup, it doesn’t have much flavor to it like honey would, which makes it a better option for adding to drinks as a sweetener.
Overhead view of a classic mojito, with mint leaves and lime wedges to garnish.

Variations:

  • Fruit: add some fresh strawberries, blackberries, pineapple or other fruit of choice with the mint leaves and muddle to break up and release the juices.
  • Jalapeno: add a hint of spice by adding some jalapeño slices to muddle.
  • Green Tea: make with brewed green tea.
  • Coconut: add a splash of coconut water.
  • Frozen: blend the ingredients together with ice to make a frozen slushy cocktail.

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Classic mojito garnished with lime wedges and mint leaves.

Classic Mojito

Classic Mojitos. Enjoy the refreshing taste of mint and lime in this easy to make mojito recipe!

Ingredients

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Mojito

  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • juice 1/2 a lime, approximately 1 tablespoon
  • 4 tbsp simple syrup
  • 2 ounces rum
  • 4 ounces club soda

Instructions

Simple Syrup

  • Pour water into a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in sugar until it completely dissolves and liquid is clear. Let sit and cool to room temperature.

Mojito

  • Add  the 8-10 mint leaves to your cocktail shaker.
  • Squeeze in the juice from half a lime. Muddle these together. You only want to muddle the mint leaves enough to bruise the leaves, you don’t want to break them up into small pieces.
  • Add some ice to the shaker.
  • Pour in the simple syrup and rum. Give it a shake.
  • Pour the drink over some ice in a highball glass and top with club soda.
  • Garnish with additional mint leaves and lime wedges.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 319kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Sodium: 28mg, Sugar: 47g
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