The Classic Mojito

Mojito

The Spruce Eats / Claire Cohen

  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The mojito is a simple mixed drink from Cuba that's made of rum, mint, and lime. It's one of the most refreshing drinks you can mix up and that's why it's among the world's most popular cocktails.

As with many of the best cocktails, the mojito is very easy to make. It requires just a handful of ingredients, most of which are fresh and may be right there in your kitchen. This is the perfect beginner's drink, even for those without a fully stocked bar.

This classic cocktail relies on fresh lime and mint, while a quality light rum makes a better-tasting mojito. The club soda and sugar can be adjusted to your personal taste. A muddler and a stirring spoon are the only tools required, and it all comes together in just a few minutes.

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Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add the sugar, mint leaves, and a splash of club soda to a highball glass.

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

  4. Squeeze the juice from all of the lime wedges into the glass. Drop two wedges into the glass.

  5. Add the rum and stir well.

  6. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

  7. Top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Rum is the mojito's only liquor, so it is a critical element that will determine the final taste of the cocktail. Choose a ​premium rum like Appleton Estate, Mount Gay, or Ron Matusalem.
  • While white rums are typically preferred, consider a high-end aged rum. Stay away from spiced rums because the spices contradict and detract from the freshness of the mint and lime.
  • It's easy to stop by the market and choose any old bottle of club soda. Try a boutique soda instead, such as Fever-Tree or Q Drinks. Both were designed specifically for use in cocktails and will instantly upgrade your mojito.

Recipe Variations

  • Use a splash of simple syrup instead of cane sugar. A raw sugar adds a darker sweetness to the drink. Palm (or coconut) sugar is another excellent sweetener.
  • Add an interesting (but soft) layer of flavor with a different soda. Choose lightly sweetened sodas with fun flavors, like Dry Soda's cucumber or lavender. Many hard seltzers are good alternatives to club soda too.
  • Give the mojito a fresh fruit twist by muddling in extra fruits. Raspberry mojitos are a favorite, and the berries are a good match for watermelon.
  • Use a combination of pomegranate seeds and juice for a delicious pomegranate mojito.
  • The mojito sangria recipe is a fun and simple pitcher drink that adds white wine and skips the rum.

How Strong Is the Mojito?

The mojito is a surprisingly light cocktail. When made with an 80 proof rum, the alcohol content will be somewhere around 13 percent ABV (26 proof). That makes it equivalent to a glass of wine, only far more refreshing.

The History of the Mojito

The mojito originated in Cuba at a time when the quality of the rum was not what it is today. By adding a few simple ingredients, bartenders could mask the undesirable aspects of the country's rum and make a more palatable drink.

During Prohibition, it became fashionable for Americans to escape to the island country to have a few drinks while soaking up the sun. It was during this time that the mojito began to grab international attention. For regular visitors to Cuba, it became a popular drink and 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. Today it is one of the more prevalent tropical cocktails.