Mojito

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Cocktail History

The Mojito is a classic rum cocktail that is believed to have been created as a variation of the Draque in Havana, Cuba sometime in the 19th century. It’s traditionally made with light rum and simple syrup along with muddled lime slices and mint leaves that are topped with soda water, but our variation uses lime juice instead of muddled lime slices.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

White Rum: This is the base spirit. We used BACARDÍ Superior White Rum for its soft and sweet taste that pairs well with fruity ingredients without overpowering them.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes much better.

Soda Water: This is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It stretches the drink and adds some fizz. We used Topo Chico because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Mint Leaves: These are muddled in the drink and give it most of its fresh mint flavor.

Mint Sprig: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh mint aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Mojito features aromas of mint on the nose, the tart taste of lime balanced by the syrup at first, and a slight rum-burn finish with the lingering taste of mint at the end.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: It’s hard not to love this classic! Kendall, who hadn’t tried a Mojito in years before this tasting (The last one she had was apparently a bad one filled with lime and mint chunks that kept getting sucked up through her straw), adored this version of the drink and has since requested several more. And Alex, a frequent drinker of Mojitos for years, reminisced on sipping these poolside in the Mexican sunshine.

Recipe

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz White Rum
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 Soda Water
 8 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add mint leaves to a highball glass.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice.

4

Top with soda water.

5

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

6

Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz White Rum
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 Soda Water
 8 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add mint leaves to a highball glass.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice.

4

Top with soda water.

5

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

6

Garnish with mint sprig.

Mojito

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More Rum Cocktails

If you like this rum cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Mai Tai: A dark rum cocktail made with orange curaçao, lime juice, orgeat almond syrup, a mint sprig, and an orchid blossom

Airmail: A gold rum cocktail made with lime juice, honey syrup, sparkling wine, and a lime peel

Daiqui-500: A white rum cocktail made with lime juice, simple syrup, toasted coconut, pineapple, and allspice bitters, and a lime peel

Jungle Bird: A dark rum cocktail made with Campari, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and a lime wheel

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