Mojito is a refreshing cocktail made with rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint leaves. It’s a popular drink that originated in Cuba and is now enjoyed worldwide.
- 45 ml white rum
- 20 ml fresh lime juice
- 6 sprigs of mint
- 2 teaspoons white cane sugar (or 2 cl of sugar syrup)
- Soda water
Mix mint sprigs with sugar and lime juice. Add splash of soda water and fill the glass with ice
Directions for how to make the Mojito
- Take 6 sprigs of fresh mint and place them in the bottom of a Collins glass.
- Add two teaspoons of white cane sugar (or 2 cl of sugar syrup) to the glass.
- Pour 20 ml of fresh lime juice into the glass.
- Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently mash the mint leaves and sugar together, releasing the mint oil and mixing with the sugar.
- Once the mint and sugar are mixed together, add 45 ml of white rum to the glass.
- Stir the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved and the mint leaves are well mixed.
- Fill the Collins glass with ice cubes.
- Pour soda water over the ice until the glass is almost full.
- Stir the drink once again to mix all of the ingredients together.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wedge.
- Your Mojito is ready to serve and enjoy!
Tips for how to make the perfect Mojito
- Use fresh ingredients: Use fresh mint leaves, lime juice and good quality rum to make the perfect Mojito.
- Muddle properly: Muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges gently so as to extract the essential oils without making the mixture too bitter.
- Use sugar syrup: Use sugar syrup instead of granulated sugar as it dissolves faster and ensures that the sugar is evenly distributed throughout the drink.
- Use carbonated water: Use carbonated water instead of regular tap water to give the drink a refreshing and bubbly finish.
- Garnish with mint and lime wedges: Garnish the Mojito with fresh mint leaves and lime wedges to make it look appealing and add to its flavor.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Mojito
One alcohol-free alternative to the drink Mojito is a “Virgin Mojito” or “Nojito.” To make it, you will need
- 1/2 lime, cut into quarters
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup (sugar water)
- 4 oz. club soda
- Crushed ice
To make the drink, start by muddling the lime and mint leaves in a glass until the lime juice has been extracted and the aroma of mint is released. Add the simple syrup and mix it with the muddled lime and mint. Next, add crushed ice to fill the glass, leaving enough room for the club soda. Finally, top off the glass with club soda and give the drink a good stir. Garnish the drink with a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wedge, and enjoy your refreshing and tangy “Nojito.”
Mojito fun facts
- Mojito is believed to have originated in Havana, Cuba, in the late 19th century.
- The traditional ingredients of a mojito include white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and fresh mint leaves.
- The name “mojito” comes from the African word “mojo” which means “to place a little spell.”
- Ernest Hemingway was known for enjoying mojitos at the famous La Bodeguita del Medio bar in Havana.
- In 2016, a giant mojito measuring over 6 feet tall was created in the Dominican Republic, earning the Guinness World Record for the largest mojito ever made.