Mojito, a traditional Cuban highball, features fresh mint leaves and lime juice muddled together with sugar and mixed with rum, ice and a bit of soda water. Find out my way of making the drink even faster and easier.
This is a great cocktail after a long day of working in the garden.
The best cocktails are packed with herbs and fresh citrus, like one of my other favorites, Lemon Drop Martinis.
If you love the flavor of mojitos, you must make Mojito Cheesecake.
Fresh herbs and citrus fruits are good for you.
Plus fresh citrus juices like lemon, lime and grapefruit, are packed with Vitamin C.
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Mojitos: An Easy Cuban Classic Recipe
One of the best things you can do after being outside all day is mix up a mojito or a pitcher of mojitos.
Mojitos are simple to make and so refreshing to drink.
They look and taste much fancier and more complicated than they are to make.
You will feel like a champion cocktail mixer.
My Secret Mojito Ingredient
Traditionally, mojitos are made with mint, lime, sugar, soda water and white rum.
However, I substitute a bit of lemon lime soda, like Sprite, for the sugar and soda water.
How Do You Make Mojitos from Scratch?
- Mash or muddle fresh mint leaves and lime wedges in a highball or Tom Collins glass or whatever you have.
- Add rum and stir.
- Add ice.
- Top with lemon lime soda or add two teaspoons of sugar and top off glass with soda water
- Stir again
- Serve with a garnish of lime wedge on the rim of the glass and float a couple fresh mint leaves over the top of the drink.
You'll want a tool called a muddler to use to crush the mint.
If you don't have a muddler, consider investing in one if you really like mojitos.
They make the job of mashing the mint leaves and lime together easier but you can substitute a spoon or citrus reamer or a long wooden spoon in a pinch.
What Rum Goes In Mojitos?
White rum is traditionally used to make the Cuban cocktail.
However, in a pinch, use whatever rum you have.
We used a spiced rum when we ran out of white rum and I enjoyed it even more than white.
What Do You Serve Mojitos In?
I like to use tumblers for mojitos like these but use what you have.
You can use a measuring cup for the rum and club soda but if you're interested in making cocktails regularly, I would add a jigger to your bar collection.
For mint, I grow something called Mojito Mint in my garden. However, if you want to be really authentic, look for a mint of Cuban origin called yerba buena.
Looking for non-alcoholic mixed drink recipes? Check out 25 Easy Summer Mocktails.
Rum, specifically a white rum, is the traditional spirit to put in a mojito. However, you can also make a mojito with a dark rum or a spiced rum. Any good rum will work well in a mojito however a white rum is standard liquor to use.
- 2 limes, juiced, ¼ cup
- 16 to 24 fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup rum, white or spice
- 2 cups ice
- ½ cup lemon lime soda
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