The perfect mojito recipe that you will love
There’s really nothing quite like sipping on a fresh homemade mojito cocktail.
It is the cocktail of summer.
It’s delicious, refreshing and so easy to make.
Make your own mojito cocktail at home and it’ll not only taste great but it’ll save you a whole lot of money too!
What are the best mojito ingredients?
They aren’t many ingredients for a mojito. It’s appeal is in it’s simplicity.
Mojito ingredients are white rum, fresh lime, fresh mint, sugar and club soda water.
But when all of these ingredients are combined in the right way, you’ll have a wonderfully refreshing summer cocktail!
What kind of rum is best for mojitos?
White rum is traditionally used in this classic mojito recipe.
You can use whichever brand you prefer but by far the most popular is Bacardi silver white rum.
Do you need a blender to make a mojito cocktail?
No you don’t. That’s why it’s such a popular cocktail to make at home because you don’t need any expensive equipment to make it.
You do need a cocktail shaker and also a muddler but that’s all.
Don’t have a cocktail muddler? Here’s what you can use…
The most likely substitute that you’re bound to have in your kitchen, is simply a wooden spoon – that’s right a spoon, that’s as fancy as it gets.
All you have to do is gently press the mint leaves against the side of your glass to release the flavour of the mint, and it effectively does the same job as a cocktail muddler (and saves you money too!)
Are mojitos vegan?
Yes, mojitos are vegan which is great news as everyone can enjoy a refreshing mint fresh cocktail.
As always though, we do recommend that you double check the ingredient list on everything you buy, as manufacturers do vary.
Do I have to use fresh mint?
Yes you do. You can’t get around it as dried mint wouldn’t work and neither would frozen.
It’s fresh mint all of the way and the smell and the flavour that the mint leaves bring to the cocktail really can’t be substituted.
Do I have to use fresh lime juice?
Well yes, you do actually. Once again, you can’t substitute the flavour of freshly squeezed lime juice or lime wedges in your drink.
Without the fresh lime juice and mint, this mojito would lose all of it’s personality and you certainly wouldn’t want that!
Do you have to crush ice when making a mojito?
No you don’t. You want the chunks of ice and you’ll need to fill the glass with them and then the lime, mint and add the rum of this mojito recipe poured all over the ice…that’s perfection of a summer drink.
I don’t have simple syrup, can I make my own?
Actually, simple syrup is very easy to make, so that’s not a problem.
All you need to do is to take 200 grams of caster sugar and 240 mils of caster sugar and place them in a small saucepan.
Then gently bring to the boil, but keep stirring all of the time until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Once the sugar has dissolved, then take the mixture off the heat and leave it to cool down before you use it and voila – you have your homemade simple syrup!
The good thing about this simple syrup is that it’ll keep in the fridge for around three to four weeks.
What glasses should I serve a mojito in?
You really need to be serving your cocktail in a tall glass.
A long collins glass like you can see in the photo is ideal.
If you haven’t got exactly the same glass, then don’t worry, just get another tall glass and use that.
You should try to avoid serving this cocktail in a short tumbler glass as mojitos don’t suit these types of glasses.
What can I serve with mojitos?
There are all kinds of snacks that you can serve with these rum based mojitos that taste great and make your occasion extra special.
Mixed nuts are always a good option, they are light and easy for people to eat if they are standing up.
We make a delicious mix of spiced nuts and seeds and they are always devoured completely by our guests!
Mexican food goes well with mojitos, a serving of tacos and salsa together with guacamole work perfectly
And if any of your guest don’t like their Mexican food too hot, then make sure you have a cool glass of water ready.
You can see from the photo that we’ve served our with delicious cupcakes that have a hint of rum, which our guests always love!
They are very easy to make and have the same mint and lime flavour with a little bit of white rum mixed in too – always a favourite!
The recipe for the mojito cupcakes will be coming soon!
How do I make a traditional mojito from scratch?
If you scroll down, we’ll give you the full list of measures and ingredients in a step by step recipe guide.
But here’s an overview of how to make these classic Cuban mojitos.
First, gather all of your ingredients together, the mint, lime, rum, simple syrup and your club soda water but don’t forget to prep your garnish too, so make sure you have your lime wedges and a fresh sprig of mint at the ready.
Squeeze the lime juice into a jug, add the sugar and then also the mint leaves.
You now need to muddle these ingredients for your mojito.
To muddle basically means pressing down gently on the mint leaves to release their flavour, which transforms the rum.
You don’t want to crush the mint leaves to death though!
You should now have a wonderful mixture.
Don’t forget to muddle or skip this step as it does matter for the flavor.
Now get your glasses, it’s best to have tall glasses, and fill the glass with ice cubes.
Then get your rum and pour it all over the ice cubes, add in the lime juice and mint mixture and top it up with sparkling club soda.
No rum based mojito recipe is complete without garnish and the best way to garnish this summer drink is with a sprig fresh mint and lime wedges.
Now all you need to do is sit back and drink it and savour the taste.
Once you’ve tasted your own homemade mojitos, there’s no going back to bar bought!
We hope that you enjoy making your cocktails and please do feel free to rate this recipe and leave a comment on how you enjoyed yours.
For our international visitors, then all you need to do is to press the toggle the button under the ingredient list and you’ll see them converted into cups instead – simple!
Enjoy your drinks!
- Tall glass
- Muddler – not essential
- 60 ml White rum
- 1 tsp Granulated sugar
- 1 Lime
- Handful of mint leaves
- Soda water
- First put the mint leaves, lime juice and the sugar into a small jug or cup and muddle them. This just means pressing the mint leaves to the side of the glass (but not crushing them) so that they release their flavour
- Now take your glass, fill it with ice and pour the mixture over the ice
- Next to go in is the white run and then all you need to do is to top up your glass with soda water and give it a good stir
- Garnish with extra mint leaves and a chunk of lime