The classic mojito is about as refreshing as a cocktail can be. Mint, lime, a little sweet, a lot fizzy - it’s the perfect drink for a warm day or any time you want to sip something light and bubbly.
Mojitos are also super easy to customize or make into a mocktail. Adjust the simple syrup more or less to taste. Toss in your favorite fruit while muddling the mint and lime to make a fresh mojito variation. Or use a fruit flavored syrup in place of the simple syrup. Swap the rum for a little more syrup and you have a delicious mocktail. Mojitos really are a super versatile drink!
Makes 1 cocktail.
2 oz white rum
1 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
3-4 large, fresh mint leaves
4 oz club soda or sparkling water
Place the lime juice and mint in a tall glass.
Muddle gently to break up the mint leaves.
Add rum and simple syrup.
Fill the glass with ice and add the club soda.
Give your drink a gentle stir and garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lime.
Tips on Mojitos
- There are ZERO substitutions for the fresh mint. Don’t try to make this using mint extract or other mint flavorings. Fresh mint is easy to grow or find at your local grocery store.
- Take the mint and lime flavors up a notch by infusing your rum prior to making mojitos.
- Fresh juice is the best in this drink, but bottled lime juice will work if that’s what you have on hand.
- Changing up the flavor in your mojito is as easy as muddling some fruit in with the mint and lime. Any kind of fresh, ripe berry works great. Try strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
- You can also play with the flavor in this cocktail by using flavored sparkling water instead of club soda. Try blackberry, lime, or strawberry sparkling water.
- Make it a mocktail! Follow the recipe, but leave out the rum and increase the simple syrup to 1.5 oz.
If you like a classic mojito cocktail, give my Blueberry Mojito recipe a try!