There's just something about a simple cocktail recipe like this Classic Mojito that screams vacation time. It's easy, cool and refreshing.
Whether you're searching for the perfect cocktail recipe for a party or simply want a fun drink recipe that you can whip up in no time flat for your private happy hour... a classic mojito cocktail is perfect.
How to Make a Mojito
- Muddle mint leaves, lime juice, and rum in a tall glass.
- Add simple syrup.
- Add club soda.
Scroll down for the printable recipe with detailed instructions.
The History of Mojitos
When you're entertaining a sophisticated crowd (ok, a party crowd), Mojitos should be on your list.
The "mojito," which means "to cast a little spell," rose to fame with the development of Bacardi rum in Cuba.
This refreshing cocktail made of lime, mint and rum might hail from Cuba, but it's become all the rage in countries around the globe. The mojito has been called the new cosmo.
Tips for a Perfect Mojito
The first key to a great mojito is using fresh herbs, which is a great reason to have a little herb garden.
We actually grow both limes and mint in our backyard, and often use them for exactly this drink!
And the other secret to a great mojito is muddling the mint and the lime.
Muddling refers to combining ingredients in the bottom of a cocktail glass with an instrument that looks like a small baseball bat. It extracts the great oils and flavors of both.
If you don't have a muddler, use the back of a spoon. (But really - get a muddler - because it works way better.)
There are so many variations on the mojito that it's hard to keep count. But here are a few of my personal favorites.
Strawberry Mojitos - Simply add some fresh strawberries and muddle them together with the mint and lime juice. Or go all out with this Strawberry Mojito Float.
Tequila Mojitos - Swap the rum for tequila and you'll add some delicious smoky flavor to your cocktail. Check out this tequila mojito recipe - it's been shared over 7,000 times!
Coconut Mojito - Just swap the regular rum for coconut rum and you have a delicious coconut cocktail!
Lemon Drop Mojitos - Swap the limes for lemon, and you get a delightfully sour treat.
Classic Mojito Recipe
- 12 fresh spearmint leaves
- ½ lime
- 2 tbsp simple syrup mixture of 2 parts sugar to 3 parts hot water, chilled or just sugar
- 1 ½ oz. Bacardi rum
- Club soda
- Muddle mint leaves and lime in tall glass.
- Cover with simple syrup and fill glass with ice.
- Add rum, and top off with club soda. Stir well.
- Add crushed ice to tall glasses when ready to serve. Garnish glass with lime wedge and sprigs of mint.