Mojito

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This refreshing and perennially popular rum and fresh mint cocktail is a perfect summer sipper.

Mojito with lime and mint in a tall glass.

Mojito Cocktail

A mojito is a traditional Cuban highball, and its fresh minty notes make it a perfect summer sipping cocktail.

Woman grabbing a tall glass filled with a Mojito.

Mojito Ingredients

The 5 ingredients most commonly used in this cocktail are white rum, sugar, fresh mint, lime and sparkling water or club soda. Some mojitos can gets overly sweet; this one emphasizes the mint and the lime, not to mention the rum, with just the right amount of sweetness. A vodka mojito is made much the same way, only subbing in vodka for the rum.

If you use good quality rum, fresh limes, and very fresh mint, you can’t go wrong with this drink. As with many simple and classic cocktails, there are very few ingredients, so take your time and choose high quality components. Pick a rum that you really like, and don’t even think about not using fresh citrus or herbs.

Mojito: This refreshing and perennially popular rum, lime juice, and fresh mint cocktail is a perfect summer sipper.

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Two Mojitos in tall glasses.

How Do You Pronounce Mojito?

Well, we’ve all been at a bar or restaurant looking to order something that we’re juuuust not sure how to pronounce. That’s fair. No shame at all. It‘s pronounced Mow-Hee-Tow.

How to Serve a Mojito

Mojitos are most commonly served in highball glasses on the rocks, topped with soda water. They are often garnished with additional fresh mint and sometimes lime wedges or circles.

Lime slice, mint leaves, and ice floating in a Mojito.

How to Make a Mojito

Lightly muddle (see Note) the mint in a cocktail shaker until fragrant and lightly smushed.

Woman adding mint leaves to a metal cocktail shaker.

Add the rum and lime juice.

Woman pouring lime juice into a metal cocktail shaker.

Then the sugar, and about 1 cup of ice.

Sugar pouring into a metal cocktail shaker.

Cover, and shake until the outside of the container is cold and beaded with moisture.

Fill two highball glasses with ice. Divide the mojito between the glasses.

Mojito being poured over ice in a tall glass.

Top with the club soda, dividing it between the two glasses.

Glass of ice being filled with mojito.

Garnish each glass with more mint leaves 

And a slice of lime in each. Serve.

Woman putting a lime slice into a tall glass filled with a mojito.

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Mojito

This refreshing and perennially popular rum and fresh mint cocktail is a perfect summer sipper.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 People
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Ingredients 

  • 4 ounces (½ cup) white rum
  • 12 mint leaves , plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces club soda or sparkling water , or to taste
  • 2 slices lime

Instructions 

  • Lightly muddle (see Note) the mint in a cocktail shaker until fragrant and lightly smushed. Add the rum, lime juice, sugar, and about 1 cup of ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker is cold and beaded with moisture.
  • Fill two highball glasses with ice. Divide the mojito between the glasses. Top with the club soda, dividing it between the two glasses. Garnish each glass with more mint leaves and a slice of lime in each.

Notes

Muddlers are available in a variety of material, though the most popular is made of a soft, uncoated wood. They are about 6 inches long and have a flat end on one side. They are used for mashing fruit, sometimes with sugar, to release juice.
To muddle, place the mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, or a sturdy glass. Use the flat end of the muddle to press the fruit, twisting as you go. You’re aiming to slightly crush and break down the herbs to release more flavor and aroma. Be gentle if you are muddling herbs on their own; it doesn’t take all that much to release the most flavor from delicate herbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 77mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 273IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg
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Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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