THE CLASSIC MOJITO COCKTAIL RECIPE

I know, I know. The mojito kind of has a bad rap with bartenders… It can be annoying to keep fresh mint leaves around, and muddling interrupts your flow behind the bar. But I’ve yet to find one person who doesn’t agree that a mojito made just right is a thing of beauty.

The aromatics of the mint plus the sweetness of the rum and sugar… It’s a delicious, simple, refreshing cocktail.

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WHAT IS A MOJITO?

If you’re not familiar with this classic drink yet, I think you’ll really like it (as long as you’re not a bartender who needs to make a bunch of them on a busy Friday night). It’s a traditional Cuban cocktail, although– as with most popular cocktails of yesteryear– the exact origins are a little murky.

Although the history of the mojito can be traced back to the 1500s, it came into vogue in the modern day thanks in part to Ernest Hemingway and falls in the sour/fizz cocktail family (spirit, sweetener, and citrus fruits). The mojito recipe’s charm relies on fresh ingredients– specifically mint and lime.

Note: Traditionally, you’d use cane sugar syrup or cane juice, although a basic simple syrup with plain ol’ granulated sugar works, too.

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HOW TO MAKE A MOJITO

This is a super simple, classic cocktail that you don’t even need to shake if you don’t want to (traditional directions for shaking are below). Simply build it right in the glass!

Add your mint leaves and lime juice to your tall glass, then muddle with your cocktail muddler. Don’t get too aggressive: You just want to press out some of the aromatics without bringing out the bitterness. Once that’s done, just add everything else to your glass with ice, stir with a bar spoon, and top with mint sprigs and lime wedges. Voila!

One of the greatest things about the mojito is that it’s easy to adjust. If it ends up a bit too sweet, just add a bit of lime juice. Too Sour? Add some more simple syrup. Love the minty flavor? Add more herbs. And if you prefer a low-carb option, check out our skinny mojito using club soda or fizzy soda water only, without the simple syrup.

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CAN YOU MAKE A MOJITO WITH VODKA?

As with any cocktail, experimentation is always welcome. You can make this mixed drink with pretty much any base spirit, although if you want it to resemble a mojito, I’d recommend sticking with spirits that aren’t flavored. While it won’t technically be a mojito anymore, I’m sure it’ll still be delicious!

Here’s some inspiration:

  • Make it with whiskey: it’s very close to a mint julep.
  • Make it with gin: It’s a Southside.
  • Make it with tequila: Well, I don’t know what that’s called, but it sounds good!

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Classic Mojito Recipe

Servings

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Lightly muddle the mint in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
  2. Add rum, lime juice and cane syrup.
  3. Add ice cubes and shake well.
  4. Pour into a Collins glass or highball glass without straining.
  5. Top with soda water (or club soda).
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint, a slice of lime, or both.
How to Make a Mojito

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Ingredients

  • 10 Leaves Fresh Mint
  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Cane Syrup
  • 2 oz Soda Water (or enough to top)

Instructions

  • Lightly muddle the mint in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
  • Add rum, lime juice and cane syrup.
  • Add ice and shake well.
  • Pour into a Collins glass without straining.
  • Garnish with mint, lime or both.