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.
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 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.
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.
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.
More Favorite Cocktail Recipes
If you love this mojito recipe, try one of these delicious cocktail recipes next:
- Mint Julep
- Paloma Cocktail
- Classic Margarita
- Watermelon Margarita
- Jalapeño Margarita
- Maple Ginger Hot Toddy
- 5 mint leaves, more for garnish
- 2 ounces white rum
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- Club soda or sparkling water
- Lime slices, for garnish
- 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.