The Classic Cuban Mojito

Mojito

The Spruce Eats / Claire Cohen

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
285 Calories
1g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 285
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 92mg 459%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 434mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The mojito is one of the world's most popular cocktails. It's a simple mixed drink of rum, mint, lime, sugar, and club soda, and a muddler and stirring spoon are the only tools required. While some bartenders dislike making mojitos because they require a bit more work than other cocktails, it's easy to make from scratch and comes together in just a few minutes.

A classic cocktail that originated in Cuba, the mojito is a favorite summertime beverage worldwide. The mint and lime give it a cool, refreshing flavor, and the soda lightens it up with a fizzy crispness. Using the basic recipe, there are many ways that you can switch up the flavor, and it's a fun cocktail to share with friends.

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar

  • 6 to 8 fresh mint leaves

  • 2 to 3 ounces club soda (divided; to taste)

  • 1 lime (cut in half)

  • 2 ounces light rum

  • Garnish:

    1 mint sprig

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a highball glass, add the sugar, mint leaves, and a splash of club soda.

  3. Muddle just enough to dissolve the sugar and release the flavor of the mint.

  4. Squeeze the juice from the two halves of lime into the glass. Drop one squeezed half into the glass if you like.

  5. Add the rum and stir well.

  6. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • Spearmint is a favorite mint variety for mojitos and the type you'll likely get from generically labeled "mint" at produce markets. Yerba buena is considered the mint of choice for an authentic Cuban mojito.
  • Superfine sugar is recommended because the finer crystals dissolve better in cold cocktails. With the help of your food processor or blender, it's easy to make superfine sugar from standard sugar.
  • If you don't have a muddler, use the back of a wooden spoon to mash the ingredients.
  • Although any club soda will suffice, try a boutique soda instead. There are many great options available today, and some brands formulate sodas specifically for cocktails.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Use a different sweetener, such as raw sugar or palm (coconut) sugar; for best results, process them into finer grains. A splash of simple syrup, honey syrup, or agave nectar works well, too.
  • Add a soft layer of flavor with lightly sweetened or flavored sodas. Many hard seltzers are good alternatives to club soda, and tonic water gives it a drier profile.
  • For a fruity twist, muddle in extra fruits. Pineapple, watermelon, and raspberry mojitos are favorites. Use a combination of pomegranate seeds and juice for a delicious pomegranate mojito.
  • Try a mojito sangria, a simple pitcher drink with white wine.
  • Make a virgin mojito by skipping the rum and filling the glass with soda.

How Strong Is the Mojito?

The mojito is not a terribly strong cocktail. When made with an 80 proof rum, the alcohol content falls in the 13 percent ABV (26 proof) range. That makes it equivalent to a glass of wine, only far more refreshing.

Where Was the Mojito Invented?

The mojito originated in Cuba, possibly derived from a 16th-century medicinal tonic known as El Draque (named after Sir Francis Drake). It's said that Cuban slaves commonly took a similar elixir in the 1800s. As it advanced from tonic to beverage, the mint, lime, and sugar masked the taste of cheap rum. Havana lays claim to inventing the cocktail as it's known today with the introduction of ice and soda. The mojito grabbed international attention when Americans flocked to Cuba during Prohibition. It was supposedly second to the daiquiri on Ernest Hemmingway's list of favorite cocktails. Over the years, the rum improved, and the mojito's fame spread immensely.

What Is the Best Rum for a Mojito?

White rums are typically preferred for a mojito; it's good to choose a mid-range brand. Alternatively, add extra depth to the drink's flavor with a high-end aged rum. Avoid spiced rums because the spices detract from the freshness of the mint and lime.