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Crunchy, sour, slightly sweet and always fragrant, the mojito is a classic cocktail that I never get tired of drinking.
I've been a fan of mojitos for a long time. I tried my first mojito almost 8 years ago, while I was in a camp with several families. Our friend Tony made the mojitos and I was hooked. (Yes, that would be Tony, the same creator of the crazy and delicious Slow Cooked Baked Beans recipe.)
We have tried quite a few mojito recipes over the years. Some of our favorites are the Pineapple Mojitos and Basil Mojitos, but I always go back to the classic Mojito made with lots of fresh mint, lime, and rum.
Add a refreshing touch of soda and you will have the summer in a glass. This cocktail recipe is perfect to enjoy at a garden party or to relax on the porch with friends on a warm summer night.
And how do I live in one of the most popular cities in the United States? This drink is a favorite throughout most of the year.
I will warn you now that once you start making your own mojitos at home, you will not be so happy with others. The exception to that is my friend Holly. She makes an absolutely fabulous mojito and never turned down one of hers.
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You can see Holly's recipe here, if you want to try her version. You may notice that our recipes are almost identical. The great minds that love mojitos obviously think alike.
A mojito is both elegant yet simple. Gather some of my favorite beverage ingredients into one easy and enjoyable cocktail.
The mojitos start with a good white rum. You can also use light rum to make mojitos, just be sure to avoid flavored rums so as not to overpower the other gorgeous flavors we're adding to the drink. No need to jump for the most expensive rum on the shelf. A medium rum will do this mojito recipe well.
The citrusy, bright, acidic flavor of a perfect mojito comes from plenty of freshly squeezed lime juice. For a pitcher of mojitos, I use at least a full cup of lime juice (about the equivalent of 9 or 10 limes depending on how much juice they make).
I recommend cutting and squeezing your own files with a hand juicer for the best flavor. Your mojitos will taste much fresher than if you use bottled lime juice and it's definitely worth the extra effort.
What really makes a mojito a mojito? Mint leaves. The abundantly fragrant and always slightly spicy fresh mint makes this cocktail as refreshing as it seems. Even my friends who are not big mint lovers enjoy this drink; The lime and mint flavors complement each other very well.
Simple syrup, a simple mixture of sugar (you guessed it) dissolved in water, adds the perfect touch of sweetness to the mojito. When you sweeten your cocktail with a simple syrup, you won't end up with granulated lumps of sugar at the bottom of the glass. All the sugar granules dissolve and are completely incorporated into the rest of the drink.
Finally, a splash of bubbly soda gathers the entire drink.
Do you want to know my not so secret advice for a perfect mojito? I add more than a generous touch of soda to the final glass when I serve a mojito. The bubbly club soda gives this cocktail a light, refreshing, summery flavor, making it so easy to drink and enjoy.
Oh! And before you forget, these mojitos are wonderfully refreshing for all ages without any alcohol.
When I serve mojitos at a gathering, I often make a pitcher with rum and a pitcher without alcohol for everyone to enjoy. Every time I mix one of these rum-free jars to make friends, someone asks me for the recipe.
It's easy to make perfect alcohol-free mojitos – just follow the recipe as usual but avoid alcohol! No other adjustments are required.
How to make a mojito
The recipe I'm sharing here is for a pitcher of mojitos. One of these small pitchers can be shared between 2 to 4 people, depending on how big you serve your drinks and how much club soda you like to add to the glass.
If you don't have simple syrup on hand yet, make a batch before mixing the other mojito ingredients.
To quickly make a simple syrup, add half a cup of sugar to half a cup of water in a jar. Close the jar and shake vigorously until the sugar is completely dissolved (a couple of minutes).
A perfect mojito begins by mixing lime juice and mint leaves together at the bottom of the pitcher. This step helps mix the lime and mint flavors.
Then add the rum and plain syrup to the lime and mint along with enough ice to fill the jar 2/3 of the way. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to pour your mojitos.
When it's time to serve the drinks, fill individual glasses halfway with ice and then add the mojito mixture until the glasses are approximately 2/3 full. Cover with mineral water to fill the glass. A garnish or mint leaves and a lemon wedge are a nice addition!
If you ever had a mojito at home, I probably made the recipe with the smallest amounts of simple syrup and rum. I like to adjust individual drinks with more or less alcohol and sweetness. That way, everyone can enjoy their drink in exactly the way they like best.
Still, the recipe below is my standard "base" for making mojito. Feel free to adjust the amounts to your desired strength, sweetness, or mint.
If you have a bigger jug, you can easily duplicate the recipe for a crowd!
Looking for more rum cocktail recipes? It's hard to go wrong with a classic Mai Tai. For something a little out of the ordinary, this pomegranate rum cocktail looks divine.
And in winter, nothing says consolation like a cup of hot buttered rum. I created a non-alcoholic hot butter rum so that everyone in my family could enjoy the delicious cold weather drink too.
Can't get enough mojito recipes in your life? Try the Crazy for Crust Mango Mojitos, The Little Kitchen Strawberry Mojito Slushies, Foodie Crush Champagne Mojitos or these Summer Cherry Limeade Mojitos from The Noshery.
You will be at Mojito Heaven all summer!
Cooking tip: use this muddler (best of all!) And this launcher to make this recipe.
To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white sugar in a jar and shake until the sugar is dissolved. It should only take a couple of minutes. The syrup will stay in the refrigerator until you need it again. The syrup will be much thinner than traditional plain syrup and will mix smoothly with drinks.
If you're not a fan of crushed mint leaves in your drink, simply pour the drinks through a small strainer into each glass. I usually do this every time I attend guests.
- Combine the mint and lime juice in a small pitcher.
- Use a muddy to crush the mint in the lime juice, this should take a minute or two.
- Add the simple syrup and rum to the jar.
- Fill the jar about 2/3 of the way to the top with ice and stir well to mix and cool.
- Fill individual glasses halfway with ice, then 2/3 of the way filled with the mojito mix.
- Top each glass with soda and garnish with fresh mint.
The perfect mojito
Crunchy, sour, slightly sweet and always fragrant, the mojito is a classic cocktail.
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 -4 servings, depending on size
- 1 cup of fresh lime juice with an approximate value of 9-10 limes
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup plain syrup see cook's note above
- 3/4 – 1 cup white or light rum
- Club soda
- Combine the mint and lime juice in a small pitcher. Use a muddy to crush the mint in the lime juice, this should take a minute or two. Add the simple syrup and rum to the jar. Fill the jar about 2/3 of the way to the top with ice and stir well to mix and cool.
Fill individual glasses halfway with ice, then 2/3 of the way filled with mojito mix, then cover each glass with soda. Enjoy!
To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white sugar in a jar and shake until the sugar is dissolved. It should only take a couple of minutes. The syrup will stay in the refrigerator until you need it again. The syrup will be much thinner than traditional plain syrup and will mix smoothly with drinks. If you're not a fan of crushed mint leaves in your drink, simply pour the drinks through a small strainer into each glass. I usually do this every time I'm serving guests.
Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 540 IU | Vitamin C: 39.8mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.7mg