Classic Mojito Recipe - How to Make a Perfect Mojito

A timeless treasure from the heart of Cuba, the Classic Mojito recipe is a symphony of refreshing flavors. This cocktail dances on the palate with a vibrant mix of sweetness, citrus, and minty freshness, making it a perennial favorite in sunny climes and beach-side bars.

The Mojito's origin is shrouded in the mists of time, with tales of its creation stretching back to the 16th century. Traditionally enjoyed in the sultry Havana evenings, this cocktail has traversed the globe, capturing hearts with its simple yet sophisticated blend of flavors. It's a drink that whispers of old Havana streets and the rhythm of Latin music.

A perfect blend of sweet and sour, each sip is a journey to a world where time slows down, and the pleasures of life are savored.

Mojito Ingredients:

2 oz White Rum

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

2 teaspoons Sugar

6-8 Fresh Mint Leaves

Club Soda

Crushed Ice

Lime Slice and Mint Sprig for Garnish

Classic mojito recipe cocktail with a straw


How to Make a Mojito:

Muddle the Mint: Begin by placing the fresh mint leaves and sugar into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to gently press the mint and sugar together. This process, known as muddling, releases the mint's essential oils, infusing the sugar with a deep, aromatic flavor.

Add Lime Juice: Pour in the fresh lime juice over the muddled mixture. The tartness of the lime perfectly balances the sweetness of the sugar, creating a harmonious base for your Mojito. If you don’t have lime juice you can muddle 4 or 5 lime wedges instead.

Mix in the Rum: Measure and add 2 oz of white rum to your glass. The rum should be light and crisp, complementing the drink's fresh flavors without overpowering them.

Stir Gently: Give the mixture a gentle stir, ensuring that the sugar dissolves fully into the lime juice and rum. This step is crucial for achieving a smooth blend of flavors.

Add Ice: Fill the glass with crushed ice. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute the mixture slightly, mellowing the flavors.

Top with Club Soda: Top the glass off with club soda. This adds a subtle effervescence that lifts the Mojito, giving it a light, refreshing quality.

Garnish and Serve: Garnish your Mojito with a slice of lime and a sprig of fresh mint. The garnish adds an extra touch of freshness and makes the drink visually appealing. Serve immediately and enjoy the crisp, invigorating flavors of your classic Mojito.

This Mojito recipe captures the essence of this beloved Cuban classic, offering a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and minty flavors. Whether you're hosting a summer party or simply relaxing at home, mastering how to make a Mojito will surely add a touch of tropical flair to your day.

Hawke & Hanley Mojito Kit

Our cocktail shaker kit is ideal for crafting the perfect mojito. It comes with a durable 304 stainless steel muddler perfect for muddling lime wedges and mint leaves. The double jigger is great for measuring the mojito ingredients in this classic recipe. The best part? Not only does it work as a mojito kit but it can be used to make any other type of cocktail too.

Mojito Recipe Variations

If you’re feeling experimental or want to try something different you could opt for a twist on the classic mojito recipe. Some of the most popular variations include:

Raspberry Mojito

This is a delightful and refreshing cocktail that puts a fruity twist on the classic Mojito. Simply follow the standard Mojito recipe but add a handful of fresh raspberries. Muddle these together with the mint leaves, creating a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

raspberry mojito recipe, drink sitting on a dark table with mint leaves and raspberries next to it

The raspberries add a burst of berry goodness, while the mint leaves provide a refreshing and aromatic touch. Served over ice and garnished with additional raspberries and mint sprigs, this cocktail is not only visually appealing but also a delicious. It’s one of our favorites at Hawke & Hanley and the added fruit counts as one of your 5 a day (at least that’s what we tell ourselves!)

Passion Fruit Mojito

Another deliciously fruity concoction (this seems to be a theme), passion fruit mojito packs a refreshingly sour punch. Just scoop out half a passion fruit into your mojito when you add the rum - or a whole one if you’re feeling brave, and stir it together using your bar spoon.

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