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!
- White rum
- Simple syrup
- A lime
- Fresh mint leaves
- Club soda or sparkling water
How to Make a Classic Rum Mojito
Place the lime juice and mint in a highball 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Choose your favorite white rum for this recipe. I love Bacardi for a classic mojito.
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.
Skip the bottled lime juice. The flavors of this drink come from lime and mint. You need fresh for both. Squeeze a fresh lime. You'll need about 1 per drink. It's worth the effort. Promise.
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, blackberries, or my blueberry mojito recipe. Want something besides berries? Try this tasty watermelon mojito from my friend Lauren at A Nerd Cooks.
You make it! Combine ½ cup hot water with ½ cup white sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and cool completely before using in your mojito. Simple syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Infuse Your Rum with Mint and Lime
Make your mojito next level by infusing your rum with mint and lime. It makes the BEST mojitos!