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Mojito Cocktail Recipe

This classic mojito cocktail recipe is the ultimate summer cocktail. Made with a refreshing combination of rum, mint, lime, and simple syrup, this mint mojito is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. 

Two glasses of the mojito with limes and mint in the background

The first time I had a mojito cocktail was at a restaurant near where I live. I told the bartender I didn’t like overly sweet drinks and she recommended the mojito. I decided to take a chance.

I regretted that decision. Too sweet.

The second time I had a mojito was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We were going on a cruise and flew down the day before so we could see the sights. For lunch, we went to a popular restaurant and my brother ordered a mojito. I ordered a beer and the rest of my family ordered sangria.

Everybody’s drinks came quickly except the mojito since the bartender took his time. It was fun watching him muddle the mint with lime, water, and granulated sugar.

When it finally arrived, my brother offered us all a sip and I remember my sip perfectly: I raised the glass to my lips and fireworks exploded around my head.

WOW!

At that moment, I realized I loved mojitos. Loved! This was the real deal, not like the sugary concoction I was previously served.

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Helpful tips

  • Use really fresh mint. I luckily now have a mint plant and I use it a lot.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon. It takes longer but will still work.
  • Use good quality rums like Barcardi which is a solid rum.
  • You can make this with water and sugar, but I don’t like to taste the granulars and prefer simple syrup since the sugar is already melted.
  • Make your own simple syrup instead of buying it – 1 cup white sugar to 1 cup water, boil for 5 minutes, let cool before using it in a cocktail.
  • Wash the limes before juicing them or garnishing the glass. Here’s how: squirt some unscented, natural soap in your palm and rub your hands over the limes. Then take a vegetable brush and brush the skin. Run cold water over the limes, making sure to rinse off the soap.
  • Always use freshly squeezed lime.
  • Do NOT use bottle lime juice as it is too sweet and acidic.
  • If you don’t have both white and gold rums, you can use one or the other but do NOT use spiced rum.
  • Some people like crushed ice in their mojito but I find the ice melts quickly and dilutes the cocktail.

How to make a mojito cocktail

Pre-step

Get your cocktail shaker but don’t put any ice in it. Get a measuring glass and glassware, like double old fashioned or highball glass.

After measuring out each ingredient below, pour it to the shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients: fresh mint leaves, two kinds of rum – Bacardi silver and gold, lime juice, simple syrup and club soda.

Mint leaves, limes, simple syrup and two kinds of wine on a table

Step two

Place mint in the cocktail shaker.

Step three

Measure 2 ounces of sugar syrup. (A)

Step four

Measure 2 ounces of fresh lime juice. (B)

Simple syrup and lime juice poured out with the muddler, limes and cocktail shaker filled with lime

Step five

With the mint, lime juice, and simple syrup in your cocktail shaker, muddle mint until you can smell the leaves without putting your nose to the shaker – approximately 2 minutes.

Step six

Measure 2 ounces of white rum. (C)

Step seven

Measure 2.5 ounces gold rum. (D)

Clear rum and gold rum measured out with the bottles behind them along with the shaker and limes

Step eight

Add some ice to the shaker, cap it and gently shake for 15 – 30 seconds. Add more ice to the glasses and strain the mojito cocktail into them. You should have one inch to the top of the glass.

Step nine

Top the cocktails off with a splash of soda water and fish out some mint leaves and place them in the glasses as well. Add a mint sprig or two for garnish.

Stir mixture.

Step ten

Cut 2 wedges of a lime, squeeze the juice into the glasses and place the wedges on top.

Two double old fashioned glasses filled with the mojito with a bunch of limes and mint leaves in the background

A vertical view of this tasty drink.

Vertical view of the the shorter glass in front of the larger. They are filled with the mojito with lime and mint floating in the glass

All that is left is to sip it and taste the delicious melded flavors.

*Fireworks explode around my head*

I hope you enjoyed this mojito cocktail recipe. I certainly loved drinking this cocktail.

Please leave me a comment, what is your favorite rum cocktail?

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Double old fashioned glass filled with a minty and lime, rum drink - square

Mojito Cocktail

This classic mojito cocktail recipe is the ultimate summer cocktail. Made with a refreshing combination of rum, mint, lime, and simple syrup, this mint mojito is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: mojito, mojito cocktail recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktail
Calories: 272kcal

Ingredients

  • 15 mint leaves
  • 2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounce white rum
  • 3 ounces gold rum
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • 2 lime wedges

Instructions

  • Add the mint, lime juice and simple syrup in a shaker. Take your muddler and muddle until you can smell the mint
    15 mint leaves, 2 ounce simple syrup, 2 ounce lime juice
  • Add white rum and gold rum along with ice.  Cap shaker and shake for at least 30 seconds
    2 ounce white rum, 3 ounces gold rum
  • Add ice to the glasses and strain contents of shaker in them, leaving an inch for the club soda
  • Add club soda and give it a few stirs
    4 ounces club soda
  • Fish som mint leaves out and place them in each glass.  Squeeze a ledge of lime in each glass and drop the lime in as well
    2 lime wedges
  • Sip
  • Enjoy the pretty fireworks
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • Use really fresh mint. I luckily now have a mint plant and I use it a lot.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon. It takes longer but will still work.
  • Use good quality rums like Barcardi which is a solid rum.
  • You can make this with water and sugar, but I don’t like to taste the granulars and prefer simple syrup since the sugar is already melted.
  • Make your own simple syrup instead of buying it – 1 cup white sugar to 1 cup water, boil for 5 minutes, let cool before using it in a cocktail.
  • Wash the limes before juicing them or garnishing the glass. Here’s how: squirt some unscented, natural soap in your palm and rub your hands over the limes. Then take a vegetable brush and brush the skin. Run cold water over the limes, making sure to rinse off the soap.
  • Always use freshly squeezed lime.
  • Do NOT use bottle lime juice as it is too sweet and acidic.
  • If you don’t have both white and gold rums, you can use one or the other but do NOT use spiced rum.
  • Some people like crushed ice in their mojito but I find the ice melts quickly and dilutes the cocktail.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 30.4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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This mojito cocktail recipe was first published in July of 2016

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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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22 Comments

  1. Thanks for the photo of your liquor cabinet contents. The first thing I thought of was, “wouldn’t your parents be proud?” Am I remembering that right, didn’t they love a good cocktail?
    I haven’t had a drink in quite awhile, but every week they look soooooo good that I wish I was there to share them with you.
    Looking forward to living vicariously again next week.
    Devon

    1. Dev,

      Yes, my folks loved a good cocktail! 🙂 I actually bought a few more bottles of booze this past week to make another tasty little treat!! Thanks for all your comments! They are appreciated my dear friend.

      Lainey

  2. My husband is Cuban so we appreciate a good authentic mojito yours looks amazing I need to make some this weekend, cheers!

  3. Wow – first off, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! And, second, now I need me a mojito!

    1. They are easy Danielle! I think people get nervous about the muddling, but if you like squishing things, you are going to love making it! 🙂

  4. my son is a big fan… I know if I surprise him with this some night he comes over he will be over the moon thanks!

  5. How I’d love sipping on one of these utmostly delicious and refreshing mojitos right now! Your pictures are amazing as always Lainey!

  6. Great recipe, this is becoming our pool drink. Liam learned Mojito during his summer job at the Irish pub in Monaco and he is now an expert. Though he uses Sprite, I like more your idea of homemade syrup and soda. I will try it. I have friends coming today and tomorrow for Mojito….Fresh Lime juice, the end!

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it Laura and that’s fun that Liam learned to make them. Let me know how it goes.

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