Classic Homemade Mojito

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This classic homemade mojito is packed with flavor and if you have never had the pleasure of drinking one, I urge you to give this recipe a try.

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Mojito Recipe Cocktail or Mocktail

It can be made as a cocktail or mocktail for everyone to enjoy the delicious sweet, minty, and zesty flavored beverage. To make this into a mocktail, just replace the rum with a bit of additional club soda. This still tastes refreshingly delicious.

Classic Homemade Mojito
Classic Homemade Mojito

Mojito Ingredients

Fresh mint and limes are the foundation of this lively drink. If you want to serve a cocktail that looks fancy and tastes great, then this is it. This easy beverage is made of mint, lime, rum, sugar, club soda, and ice.

Juicing Limes Hack

Get more juice out of limes.

Just place them in the microwave for 15 seconds. Roll them on the counter. Then slice and juice or place in the glass for muddling.

Give it a try.

Mint Mojito Cocktail with ice

A few weeks ago, I was making Mojitos with a few friends. One of them said that ice is the foundation of all great tasting drinks. We happily made this with and with out ice. We all agreed that the ice keeps this cold and when the ice starts melting, it just adds that little bit more liquid that makes you want to keep sipping to get every drop.

So, yes, add the ice.

Fresh Mint and Limes
Fresh Mint and Limes

How to Make a Mojito from Scratch

It just takes a few minutes of prep to make this drink. Just pick a few fresh mint leaves slice a half a lime into wedges and add them to a tall glass with the sugar. Use a muddler to smash the ingredients to release the oils from the mint leaves and the juices from the limes.

Adding Sugar Mint and Limes to Glass
Adding Sugar Mint and Limes to Glass

The addition of the sugar helps to bring out more flavor in the mint leaves. Additionally, adding the sugar at this stage helps the sugar dissolve a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Next, we add the ice, rum, and club soda. Give the ingredients a good stir and garnish with mint and lime wedges and enjoy.

Muddling the Mint and Limes
Muddling the Mint and Limes

What to Use in Place of a Muddler?

No muddler? No problem. Here are five Ideas on what to use if in place of a muddler.

Mini Tart Shaper. I have a wooden mini tart shaper that works nicely as a muddler.

French Rolling Pin. The one that is a bit longer and skinny. It will fit inside a glass.

Wooden Spoon. The handle of the wooden spoon can be used to extract the mint leaves and the juice from the lime wedges.

Dowel. Just make sure that the dowel is clean and use that to tamp and smash against the mint, lime, and sugar.

Long Handled Bar Spoon. As long as it fits in the glass and gets to the bottom, the spoon can be used to smash against the ingredients.

Sharing a Mojito with Friends on Patio
Sharing a Mojito with Friends on Patio

Should You Muddle the Mint Leaves in a Mojito?

The authentic mojito recipe calls for muddling the mint, lime, and sugar together. However, there is another school of thought that the mint leaves should just be added to the drink without being muddled as it can release bitter flavors.

We tried this drink with and without the mint leaves being muddled and we felt that the mint taste came through much better after being muddled. However, when we tried to reuse the leaves for a second drink, they were a bit bitter.

Therefore, we recommend using fresh mint leaves for each drink rather than reusing the leaves. If you prefer a lighter mint taste, then we would recommend not muddling the leaves.

Authentic Mojitos Garnished with Fresh Mint and Lime Slices
Authentic Mojitos Garnished with Fresh Mint and Lime Slices

Great Tasting Mint Mojito Cocktail

We loved this cocktail so much that we made a pitcher of this before going out for a pontoon ride. We used a pitcher that held the equivalent of four drinks and made the recipe the same, just in a larger container.

I hope that you give this delicious and refreshing beverage a try with all the sweet, minty, and zesty flavors.

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Classic Homemade Mojito

This classic homemade mojito is packed with flavor and if you have never had the pleasure of drinking one, I urge you to give this recipe a try. Mojito Cocktail or Mocktail It can be made as a cocktail or mocktail for everyone to enjoy the delicious sweet, minty, and zesty flavored beverage.
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday cocktail, holiday drink, Mojito recipe, new years drink, summer cocktail, summer recipe
Servings: 1 Servings
Calories: 208kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • ½ Lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar or to taste. Can use Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes
  • Club Soda Fill the glass the rest of the way
  • 1 Slice Lime for garnish
  • 1 Sprig Mint for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the mint leaves, lime wedges, and sugar in a tall sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint oils and the lime juices. Add the rum and ice cubes.
    Adding Sugar Mint and Limes to Glass
  • Fill the glass with the club soda. Make sure to stir and taste to see if you prefer a bit more or less sugar.
    Authentic Mojitos Garnished with Fresh Mint and Lime Slices
  • Garnish with limes and mint leaves.
    Sharing a Mojito with Friends on Patio

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Notes

If you do not have fresh limes, this can be made using lime juice. Add 1 ½ ounces. Simple syrup can be swapped out for the granulated sugar.

What to Use in Place of a Muddler?

No muddler? No problem. Here are five Ideas on what to use if in place of a muddler.
Mini Tart Shaper. I have a wooden mini tart shaper that works nicely as a muddler.
French Rolling Pin. The one that is a bit longer and skinny. It will fit inside a glass.
Wooden Spoon. The handle of the wooden spoon can be used to extract the mint leaves and the juice from the lime wedges.
Dowel. Just make sure that the dowel is clean and use that to tamp and smash against the mint, lime, and sugar.
Long Handled Bar Spoon. As long as it fits in the glass and gets to the bottom, the spoon can be used to smash against the ingredients.

Juicing Limes Hack

Get more juice out of limes.
Just place them in the microwave for 15 seconds. Roll them on the counter. Then slice and juice or place in the glass for muddling.
Give it a try.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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