With just 5 ingredients, this Classic Mojito comes together in minutes! Enjoy a single cocktail (or two) for yourself, or make a pitcher for a crowd. The refreshing mint and lime flavor makes this the perfect summer drink.
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An Easy Mojito Recipe
Minty and refreshing, Mojitos are a great light cocktail for sipping by the pool in the summer months while you soak up the sunshine with friends! They may not be the first cocktail to pop into your mind as being perfect for picnics and BBQs but turning this cocktail into a pitcher of drinks is super simple, too. You can do all of the prep work in advance, so you just need to pour over ice and add soda later.
What is in a mojito? Five ingredients is all you need, so be sure to opt for the freshest or most high quality ones you can find.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Lime – Look for limes that are a gorgeous green, without any bruises or brown spots.
- Mint leaves – Use the freshest leaves possible, as mint is the star of this drink.
- Simple syrup – You can grab some at the store or make your own with water and granulated sugar.
- White rum – A good quality white rum like Bacardi or Captain Morgan.
- Club soda – You can substitute lemon-lime soda if preferred.
What alcohol is in a mojito?
White rum is traditionally used to make mojitos. Rum is a slightly sweet liquor, which makes it popular in many fruity or mint mixed drinks, like mojitos. Since there are only a few ingredients in a classic mojito, the quality of rum does matter. Captain Morgan and Bacardi are popular choices.
You can substitute vodka, which you may often find on menus labeled as a “Vodka Mojito”. It does change the flavor slightly but if vodka is your preferred liquor, go for it.
How To Make a Mojito
Whether you’re whipping up a single cocktail or a pitcher for a crowd, Mojitos are so simple to make. You can have one freshly prepared in your hands in just minutes.
- Muddle the lime and mint. In a highball glass, crush the lime with the mint, taking the time to really mush it and break it up, so it becomes fragrant.
- Add the other ingredients. Add in the simple syrup, rum, club soda, and ice, then give it a stir.
- Garnish and enjoy. Garnish with some lime slices and mint, then enjoy.
How to Make Simple Syrup for Mojitos
Simple syrup, the sweetener used in many cocktails, is essentially just liquid sugar. You can buy it in the store but if you don’t have any on hand, you can easily make it yourself. To make simple syrup at home, just boil equal parts water and granulated sugar, until the sugar dissolves completely. Homemade simple syrup will last for up to one month in the fridge.
Do you need to make enough mojitos for a crowd? Or need a mocktail version for the youngsters? I’ve got you covered.
- How to make a virgin mojito. To make this a mojito mocktail, simply omit the white rum from the recipe. You can also replace it with sparkling water. Usually, for a virgin mojito, I’ll use lemon-lime soda in place of the club soda for a sweeter flavor and taste, as well.
- How to make a pitcher of mojitos. Making a pitcher of mojitos is as simple as swapping a glass for a pitcher and increasing the amount of ingredients used. A pitcher usually holds 7 to 8 drinks, but if you wait to add the club soda, you can make around 12 or 15 mojitos from one pitcher. Muddle the limes and mint directly in the pitcher, then add the rum. Add the ice to individual glasses, pour from the pitcher, and top with club soda. If you’ll be serving immediately, you can also add the club soda to the pitcher.
- How to make a strawberry mojito. Want to take your mojito a step further and turn it into a strawberry cocktail? Simply add a couple of fresh berries to the glass when you muddle the lime and mint. You can also make a frozen strawberry mojito.
Serve your mojito cold, poured over ice just before serving. Whether I’m making just one cocktail or an entire pitcher, I always like to garnish the glass with additional lime wedges and extra mint.
Make it a little more fun and add a vacation vibe by using fun straws or even a little umbrella to adorn the glass.
Can You Make Mojitos In Advance?
You can easily prepare a pitcher of mojitos in advance, which makes them ideal for party prep. Just prepare them with the instructions above, with the lime, mint, and rum in the pitcher and add club soda and ice right before serving.
Making the pitcher in advance gives the mint and lime even more time to infuse the rum with flavor, which I love. Adding the club soda right before serving ensures you get a bubbly, fresh drink – not one that’s flat because the soda has been sitting in the pitcher all day.
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- 1/2 lime , cut into quarters
- 8 mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup , or to taste
- 1.5 ounces white rum
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup club soda
- Place the lime wedges and mint leaves into the bottom of a highball glass. Using a muddler, crush the lime with the mint, taking the time to really mush it and break it up, so it becomes fragrant.
- Top the glass with ice. Add the simple syrup and rum. Top off the glass with club soda.
- Give a little stir with a straw and enjoy.
- Garnish with more limes and mint, if desired.
- NOTE: This drink is lightly sweetened; add more simple syrup, to taste. You can also use lemon-lime soda in place of the club soda while omitting the simple syrup, as well. This will result in a sweeter cocktail. To make a pitcher of mojitos, please refer to the full article.