Mojito Recipe

If you're in the mood for a fun summer drink, this mint mojito recipe is just what you need! It's refreshing, delicious, and super easy to make.

Mojito recipe

When life gives you mint leaves, what do you make? This mint mojito recipe!

When Jack and I planted our little back deck garden this summer, I immediately started wondering, “What am I going to do with all this mint?!” The basil looked good, the eggplant was thriving, but the luscious, leafy mint plants were the cream of the crop. This summer, I’ve been tossing mint into salads and blending it into pesto like crazy, but I wanted to find a way to really showcase the pretty, aromatic leaves. A mint mojito recipe seemed like the perfect solution.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been making this classic rum cocktail nonstop. The combination of herbaceous mint, tart lime, and fizzy soda water is so refreshing. I love how pretty it is too. Garnished with mint leaves and a lime wedge, this mojito looks like a fancy drink you’d get at a restaurant or bar. But in fact, it’s easy to make at home! If you ask me, there’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day.

Mojito ingredients

Mojito Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this mint mojito recipe:

  • Fresh mint – The star of this classic cocktail! You’ll muddle some mint leaves to infuse the drink with flavor and add more to your glass for garnish.
  • White rum – Jack and I are fans of 10 Cane and Bacardi Silver Rum, but any white rum would work here. Feel free to use your favorite!
  • Fresh lime juice – It adds bright, tart flavor. Always, always use freshly squeezed lime juice in this mojito recipe.
  • Simple syrup – Classic mojito recipes call for sugar, but I like to use simple syrup in its place. It streamlines the recipe, as you don’t need to muddle the sugar with the lime and mint. Simple syrup keeps for several weeks in the fridge, so I like to keep it on hand for anytime I’m in the mood for a fun drink.
  • Club soda or sparkling water – It balances the tart lime and alcohol and gives the cocktail a fun fizz.
  • Ice – You can’t make a cool, refreshing mojito without it!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Muddling mint in a glass

How to Make a Mojito

Ready to learn how to make a mojito? Here’s what you need to do:

First, muddle the mint. Place it in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and use a cocktail muddler to press it until it becomes aromatic. When you’re muddling the mint, your goal isn’t to pulverize it or crush it. Instead, just bruise it slightly to help it release its fragrant oils. This should only take a few taps with your muddler!

Second, shake! Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and a handful of ice to the cocktail shaker, and shake it vigorously until the ingredients are completely combined and chilled.

How to make a mojito

Then, strain your mojito. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker over a glass filled with ice. Top your glass with soda water, and garnish it with lime slices and more fresh mint sprigs.

Finally, taste and adjust. This step is essential anytime you’re making a cocktail at home. It gives you a chance to customize your drink to your tastes, finding a balance of flavors you really love. If you prefer a tarter mojito, add an extra squeeze of lime juice. If you want it sweeter, stir in a bit more simple syrup. Not strong enough? Well, you know what to do.

Enjoy!

Mojito

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If you love this mojito recipe, try one of these delicious cocktail recipes next:

Mint Mojito

rate this recipe:
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Serves 1
Cool off with this easy mojito recipe! Made with rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh mint, this refreshing cocktail is perfect for summer.

Ingredients

  • 5 mint leaves, more for garnish
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda or sparkling water
  • Lime slices, for garnish

Instructions

  • Lightly muddle the mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until aromatic. Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, a handful of ice and shake.
  • Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with lime slices and more mint.

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  1. Emily Eresuma
    07.19.2020

    5 stars
    Sorry I didn’t mean to mark it three stars.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.19.2020

      ha ha, it’s ok :). They’re the Cast Everyday Glasses from Food 52

  2. Diane
    07.19.2020

    I love all your recipe. Your Healthy Banana bread is so delicious and moist, my husband asks me to do it over and over. Thanks
    I translate in French the Banana bread recipe and I give it to some of my friends and they love it to

  3. Bill
    07.19.2020

    This needs to be made without alcohol. Are there any changes to be made?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.19.2020

      Hi Bill, you could use all of the other ingredients and just adjust to taste. Rum is a little sweet, so you might want to add more of the simple syrup, depending on your preference. For another variation, you could try adding some ginger juice.

  4. Polina
    07.19.2020

    5 stars
    Lovely refreshing drink for a hot summer day!! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Raine
    07.20.2020

    5 stars
    It’s HOT today where I am and I was just lamenting that I forgot to order tonic water with this week’s groceries. You know what I do have? All those ingredients up there! Cocktail hour saved!

  6. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    07.21.2020

    5 stars
    yay for mojitos, good idea, I haven’t made or even had one in a few years, but a perfect summer cocktail, so thank you!

  7. thuonghailongvan
    07.25.2020

    5 stars
    I love all your recipes. Your healthy banana bread is delicious and moist. Thanks for sharing this post!

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