The Good Mojito

Crisp, tart, barely candy, and at all times aromatic, the basic mojito is a basic cocktail that I by no means get bored with sipping.

classic mojito with mint and lime wedge in short glass

I’ve been a fan of mojitos for some time now. I attempted my first mojito about 15 years in the past, whereas on a tenting journey with a number of households. Our pal Tony made the mojitos and I used to be hooked.

(Sure, that will be Tony, the identical one who launched us to the loopy scrumptious Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe and Italian Cream Liqueur.)

We’ve tried fairly just a few mojito recipes over time. I benefit from the Pineapple Mojitos and Basil Mojitos as effectively, however I at all times circle again to the basic cocktail made with loads of recent mint, lime, and rum.

Traditional Mojito

Add in a refreshing splash of membership soda and you’ve got summer time in a glass. This cocktail recipe is right for sipping at a backyard social gathering or for stress-free on the porch with buddies on a heat summer time night.

And since I lived in one of many hottest cities within the US for a really very long time, this drink turned a favourite just about year-round.

I’ll warn you now that when you begin making your individual mojitos at dwelling, you gained’t be practically as pleased with anybody else’s. The exception to that’s my pal Holly. She makes a completely fabulous mojito and I by no means flip certainly one of hers down.

You possibly can take a look at Holly’s recipe here,  if you wish to give her model a attempt. You would possibly discover our recipes are near similar. (That simply is perhaps the explanation I really like hers too!) Nice mojito-loving minds clearly suppose alike.

mint and lime in mojito cocktail

Mojito Substances

A basic mojito is concurrently elegant but easy. It brings collectively a few of my very favourite beverage elements in a easy and much-loved cocktail.

What’s in a mojito? Lime juice, loads of recent mint, rum, easy syrup, and membership soda.

White rum is the most effective rum for mojitos. You need to use gentle rum as effectively, simply you should definitely keep away from flavored rums in order to not overpower the opposite flavors we’re including to the drink. No have to spring for the costliest rum on the shelf. A middling rum will do exactly advantageous for a pitcher of mojitos.

The brilliant, tart, citrusy taste in an ideal mojito comes from loads of freshly squeezed lime juice. For a pitcher of mojitos, I take advantage of at the least a full cup of lime juice (roughly the equal of 9 or 10 limes relying on how a lot juice they yield).

I strongly advocate slicing and squeezing your individual limes with a handheld juicer for the most effective taste. Your mojitos will style a lot more energizing than when you use bottled lime juice and it’s undoubtedly well worth the little bit of additional effort.

mojito ingredients on cutting board

What’s it that makes mojitos so distinctive? It’s the abundance of recent mint. The abundantly aromatic, ever-so-slightly-spicy recent mint leaves make this cocktail as refreshing as they arrive. Even my buddies who aren’t enormous mint lovers take pleasure in this drink; the lime and mint complement one another so effectively.

Easy syrup, a (you guessed it) easy combination of sugar dissolved in water, provides the right contact of sweetness to the mojito.

Once you sweeten your cocktail with easy syrup you gained’t find yourself with any grainy clumps of sugar on the backside of the glass. All of the sugar granules get dissolved and integrated utterly into the remainder of the drink.

Lastly, a splash of bubbly membership soda brings the entire drink collectively.

Wish to know my not-so-secret tip for a Good Mojito? I add greater than a beneficiant splash of membership soda to the ultimate glass when serving a mojito. The effervescent membership soda provides this cocktail its gentle, refreshing and summery style, making it really easy to sip and revel in.

adding club soda to mojito

Mojito Pitcher Recipe

The recipe I’m sharing right here is for a pitcher of basic mojitos. Considered one of these small pitchers might be shared between 2 to 4 folks, relying on how giant you pour your drinks and the way a lot membership soda you want so as to add to the glass.

Should you don’t have already got easy syrup readily available, make a batch earlier than you combine the opposite mojito elements. To shortly make easy syrup, add half a cup of sugar to a half cup of water in a jar. Shut the jar and shake vigorously till the sugar is totally dissolved (a few minutes).

Mojitos start by muddling lime juice and mint leaves collectively on the backside of a pitcher or glass. This step helps the lime and mint flavors intermingle. I usually use this muddler (greatest ever!) and this pitcher to make this recipe.

Subsequent, add the rum and easy syrup to the lime and mint together with sufficient ice to fill the pitcher 2/3 of the way in which. Chill within the fridge till you’re able to pour your mojitos.

Should you aren’t a fan of getting crushed mint leaves in your drink, merely pour the drinks via a small strainer into every glass. I do that more often than not after I’m serving company.

When it’s time to serve the drinks, fill particular person glasses midway with ice then add the mojito combine till the glasses are about 2/3 full. Prime with membership soda to fill the glass. A garnish of mint leaves and a lime wedge makes a pleasant addition!

Should you’ve ever had a mojito at my home, I doubtless made the recipe with the lesser quantities of easy syrup and rum. I like to regulate the person drinks with roughly alcohol and sweetness. That manner everybody will get to take pleasure in their drink precisely the way in which they adore it greatest.

Nonetheless, the recipe under is my commonplace “base” for mojito making. Be happy to regulate the quantities to your required energy, sweetness or mintiness.

If in case you have a bigger pitcher, you’ll be able to simply double the recipe for a crowd! 

Virgin Mojito Recipe

Oh! And earlier than I neglect, these mojitos are splendidly refreshing for all ages with none alcohol in any respect.

When serving mojitos at a gathering, I usually make a pitcher with rum and a pitcher sans alcohol so everybody can take pleasure in. Each time I combine certainly one of these rum-free pitchers collectively for buddies, somebody asks for the recipe.

It’s really easy to make non-alcoholic excellent mojitos: Simply comply with the recipe as traditional however skip the alcohol! No different changes are required.

iced cocktail with mint and lime next to blue and white napkin

Searching for extra rum cocktail recipes? It’s onerous to go unsuitable with a Classic Mai Tai. For one thing just a little out of the extraordinary, this Pomegranate Rum Cocktail seems to be divine.

And within the wintertime, nothing says consolation like a mug of Hot Buttered Rum. I created a Non-Alcoholic Hot Buttered Rum too, so everybody in my household might take pleasure in this one.

Can’t get sufficient Mojito Recipes in your life? Attempt Mango Mojitos by Loopy for Crust, Strawberry Mojito Slushies by The Little Kitchen, Champagne Mojitos by Foodie Crush or these summery Cherry Limeade Mojitos by The Noshery.

You’ll be in Mojito heaven all 12 months lengthy! 

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Servings: 4 servings, relying on dimension

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  • Mix the mint and the lime juice in a small pitcher. Use a muddler to crush the mint within the lime juice, this could take a minute or two. Add the easy syrup and rum to the pitcher. Fill the pitcher about 2/3 of the way in which to the highest with ice and stir effectively to combine and chill.
  • Fill particular person glasses midway with ice, then 2/3 of the way in which full with the mojito combination, then prime every glass with  membership soda. Take pleasure in!

To make easy syrup, mix ½ cup water and ½ cup white sugar in a jar and shake till the sugar is dissolved. It ought to solely take a pair minutes. The syrup will preserve within the fridge till you want it once more. The syrup might be a lot thinner than conventional easy syrup and can combine easily into the drinks.
Should you aren’t a fan of the crushed mint leaves in your drink, merely pour the drinks via a small strainer into every glass. I usually do that anytime I’m serving company.

Energy: 236kcal · Carbohydrates: 37g · Protein: 1g · Fats: 1g · Saturated Fats: 1g · Sodium: 28mg · Potassium: 129mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 32g · Vitamin A: 269IU · Vitamin C: 20mg · Calcium: 28mg · Iron: 2mg

initially printed 9/20/16 – recipe notes and images up to date 2/22/23

Classic Mojito Recipe

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