The Mojito: A Refreshing Rum Cocktail You Have to Try

Mojito Cocktail
The Mojito is a great drink to practice your muddling skills with and it's so refreshing that you'll be muddling all the time. Lauri Patterson / Vetta / Getty Images
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail
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The Mojito has risen in the ranks to become one of the most popular cocktails. It is a simple and delightful drink that should be on every drinker's list of cocktails that must be tasted.

As with many of the best cocktails, the Mojito is easy to make. It requires just a handful of ingredients, most of which are fresh and may even be right there in your kitchen. The Mojito is the perfect beginner's drink, even for those without a fully stocked bar.

Rum, mint, and lime are the essential elements for a great Mojito. The lime and mint should be fresh and the rum should be your favorite top-shelf light rum.

A muddler and a stirring spoon are the only tools required and in a matter of minutes, you will have one of the freshest cocktails imaginable.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Place the sugar, mint leaves, and a splash of club soda into a highball glass.
  2. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the flavor of the mint.
  3. Squeeze the juice from both halves of a lime into the glass, dropping one-half into the glass.
  4. Add the rum.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  7. Top with club soda.
  8. Garnish with the mint sprig.

More Tips for Making the Perfect Mojito

Rum is the only liquor used in the Mojito, so it is a critical element that will determine the final taste of the cocktail.

This is not the drink where you do not want to be a cheapskate. Choose a premium rum like Appleton Estate, Ron Matusalem, or Mount Gay.

While white rums are typically mixed into a Mojito, you may also consider a high-end aged rum. Stay away from spiced rums, though. The spices in the likes of Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry contradict and detract from the freshness of the mint and lime.

If you like, feel free to use a splash of simple syrup instead of cane sugar. You may also want to use a raw sugar like demerara or turbinado to add a darker sweetness of the drink.

Club soda is the final element that requires a bit of advice. Sure, it is easy to stop by the market and choose just any old bottle of club soda, but once you try a boutique soda in your Mojito you will find that a quality soda makes a world of difference.

Fever-Tree and Q Drinks both make a fantastic club soda that was designed specifically for use in cocktails. If you want to get a little wild, you may also try one of the unique flavors from DRY Soda, either cucumber or lavender are great options for adding a little more flavor to a Mojito.

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How Strong is the Mojito?

The Mojito is a surprisingly light cocktail. If made with an 80 proof rum and the finished drink is about 6 ounces, it weighs in at just around 13% ABV (26 proof).

The History of the Mojito

The Mojito originated in Cuba at a time when the quality of the rum was not what it is today. By adding a few simple ingredients to mask the undesirable aspects of the country's rum and make a more palatable drink.

During Prohibition, it became fashionable for Americans to escape to the island country to have a few drinks while soaking up the sun. It was during this time that the Mojito began to grab international attention. For regular visitors to Cuba, it became a popular drink and was second to the Daiquiri on Ernest Hemmingway's list of favorite cocktails.

Over the years the rum improved and the Mojito's fame spread immensely. Today it is one of the more fashionable tropical cocktails.

For a very detailed history of the Mojito and other great rum drinks, read Wayne Curtis' And a Bottle of Rum.