Nothing beats this Classic Mojito Recipe on a hot day. All you need to make this step-by-step mojito recipe in just minutes is a handful of fresh ingredients and a cocktail muddler. What could be better to share with friends by the pool on a hot day? Sweet, fragrant, zesty and refreshing you're going to love this rum cocktail.
Why I love this Mojito Recipe
This classic mojito recipe is one of my favorite rum cocktails to make for friends. They are stupid easy to make and have the most gloriously refreshing taste.
It's a classic, citrus-forward rum cocktail that I think everyone should master at home. A mojito is always the perfect drink to sip in your backyard! It gives tropical cocktail vibes without tons of special ingredients.
This Bacardi Mojito recipe is a classic for a reason. Rum, cut with a little sugar is the most basic of cocktails, and by adding refreshing lime, aromatic mint and a bubbly dash of soda water you've got a drink that is both delicious on it's own, and perfect for adding any number of little twists and upgrades.
Related: Vodka Mojito
I know it seems pretty basic to publish a mojito recipe when there are literally hundreds out there for you to choose from but the perfect mojito is all about balance, so I've tested these careful measurements so you get the perfect mojito cocktail every time.
And part of my goal with this site is to make sure you know all the ways you can use that liquor you have on your bar.
Pinterest and Instagram shows us elaborate drinks but I think you should know the simple classics because they are always delish and so stinking easy to make!
Seriously, you're not going to be able to stop making this easy mojito recipe!
Here's what you need to make a delicious mojito with sugar:
Rose's Lime won't cut it here. The best mojito recipe is all about that fresh lime both as juice, and as chunks to muddle into the drink.
I find I get the perfect pieces for muddling by cutting a lime in half, then half again, and then each of those segments into 2-3 chunks.
White sugar is what you want to make an authentic drink, but if you don't have any to hand brown sugar also makes a tasty mojito with caramel sugar notes. You can also use simple syrup I prefer them with white sugar - it gives it the perfect sweetness in my opinion.
Bacardi white rum is the classic choice for a mojito, but whatever white rum you have on hand will work.
See the printable recipe card for quantities and full recipe.
To a tall glass (these are my current fave and the ones shown here) add the lime juice, lime chunks, sugar and mint.
Muddle, making sure you stir with the muddler to help dissolve the sugar.
Add ice and rum.
Top up with club soda.
Give it a gentle mix and bring some of the mint and lime up in the glass so it looks good just before serving! A bar spoon is ideal for this because the spoon part is small and fits between the ice.
- Change the spirit - by changing up the spirits you can make this into a whole new drink. Try a vodka mojito or tequila mojito - both are absolutely delicious!
- Add fruit - soft fruits like raspberries or passion fruit can be muddled together with the lime, mint and sugar for a fruity twist.
- Add syrups - flavored simple syrups can be used to add fruit flavor without adding any bits of fruit to the drink. I like blueberry simple syrup or this strawberry simple syrup which will both taste amazing with the rum, lime and mint of this homemade mojito!
- Use flavored soda water - different flavors of soda water can add subtle flavor to your mojito - any flavors that pair well with lime and mint should work.
- Use infused rum - I've just realized coconut rum would be incredible in a classic mojito. That's my next happy hour sorted!
- Add cilantro - for a slightly unusual, refreshing, herbal twist add a handful of fresh cilantro to the mint leaves before muddling. It sounds strange, but try it - it really is delicious!
You could even use this Strawberry Ginger Mocktail as a base idea and turn it into a mojito. I LOVE fresh ginger.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use simple syrup to make a mojito and you'll still make a delicious mojito. I prefer to make it with sugar - the grains of the sugar help release more flavor from the lime and the mint as you muddle them all together.
White rum is the classic liquor for a mojito and its clean rum flavor really works in the drink. But, if you've only got spiced rum to hand it will still be tasty! It will also add some spice flavors (cinnamon, nutmeg) that would be tasty.
To get ahead, you can squeeze the lime juice up to a day in advance and keep it in the fridge. You can muddle together the drink and add the rum up to 3 hours in advance, but you'll want to wait to add the soda water and ice until just before serving.
More easy Mojito recipes
- Best Tequila and Mint Mojito Recipe
- Dark Mojito Recipe with Cola, Rum and Mint
- Best Vodka Mojito Recipe with Lime and Mint
- Passion Fruit Mojito Recipe with Vodka
- Apple Juice Mojito with Vodka
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A Refreshing Classic Mojito Recipe with White Rum
- To a glass add the lime juice, sugar, lime chunks and mint.
- Muddle, making sure you stir with the muddler to help dissolve the sugar.
- Add ice and rum.
- Top up with club soda.
- Give a gentle mix with a bar spoon, brining some of the mint and lime up in the glass.