|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 37g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 30g|
|Vitamin C 26mg||130%|
|*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.|
The crisp, refreshing taste of a made-from-scratch mojito is ideal for hot summer days. However, while it's a great rum cocktail, making mojitos for a crowd involves a bit more work than you might like. Instead of muddling mint, sugar, and lime, and adding rum, ice, and club soda to each glass, take a relaxed approach with this mojito pitcher recipe. It's a fabulous pour-and-serve cocktail for small parties that you can make in advance.
This pitcher drink has the same great taste as a classic Cuban mojito. The recipe replaces the mojito's mint and sugar with homemade mint simple syrup to eliminate the need for a muddler (or the handy wooden spoon alternative). It's easy to make and will be cool and ready to use within an hour.
To complement the mint syrup, use freshly squeezed lime juice and your favorite light rum. When your guests arrive, add the sparkle of club soda and dress the drinks up with fresh mint and lime garnishes.
"This recipe is ingenious. The problem with making a mojito is that you can never make just one, and muddling multiple mojitos can be cumbersome. Making a mint syrup is the elbow-saving answer. This cocktail is crisp, refreshing, crushable, and fun. Why shouldn’t you have a pitcher of this delight for a group of friends?" —Sean Johnson
For the Mint Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
For the Pitcher Mojito:
Make the Mint Syrup
Gather the ingredients.
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir constantly until it is completely dissolved.
Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and tear the mint leaves while adding them to the syrup. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool completely.
Strain the mint from the syrup using a fine-mesh strainer.
Transfer the mint syrup to an airtight bottle or jar, and keep it refrigerated.
Make the Pitcher Mojito
Gather the ingredients.
Juice 6 to 8 limes, straining out the pulp, to produce about 1 1/2 cups of juice.
In a pitcher, add the rum and 1 cup each of the mint syrup and lime juice. Add more syrup or juice to taste; make this base a little strong because it will be diluted with club soda. Keep chilled until needed.
Just before you're ready to serve the mojitos, add the chilled club soda to the pitcher.
Pour the sparkling mojito mix into ice-filled glasses. Garnish each with a sprig of mint and lime slice.
- The mint syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- Combine the rum, mint syrup, lime juice a few hours in advance and keep it chilled until ready to serve.
- To make a pitcher of nonalcoholic mojitos, replace the rum with more club soda. This mocktail version is also excellent with a second sweeter soda like ginger ale or sparkling grape juice.
- Give your mojito pitcher an extra fruity touch. One easy way is to use flavored rum (coconut, mango, or any citrus fruit is excellent) as a substitute for all or part of the light rum. Alternatively, add sliced strawberries and whole blueberries or raspberries to the pitcher, and let them infuse the drink with flavor while it chills overnight.
- Another option is to add mashed fruits (about one cup) or fruit juice (replacing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the water) to the syrup. Any berry or melon pairs well with mint, and pomegranate is a fun option.
How Strong Is the Mojito Pitcher?
The nonalcoholic ingredients outweigh the rum in this pitcher mojito, so it's a relatively mild cocktail. When made with an 80-proof rum, the alcohol content falls around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). That's similar to a glass of wine, and the ice will dilute it a little more in the glass.
What Kind of Rum Is Best in a Mojito?
Traditionally, light rum is used in the mojito. It's probably the best choice when serving a group because its taste has a universal appeal that everyone will enjoy. However, aged rums make nice mojitos as well. Avoid spiced rums that contrast the lime and mint. Whatever style of rum you choose, mid-shelf brands tend to have a clean taste that will complement the mojito's freshness but won't blow your entertaining budget.
Can I Use Vodka Instead of Rum in a Mojito?
Vodka is an excellent alternative to light rum in drinks like the mojito. The two liquors have similar profiles, though vodka's taste is more transparent. Just remember that it's not a true mojito without rum!