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Refreshing Vodka Mojito Recipe for a Chill Happy Hour

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This refreshing Vodka Mojito is the perfect cocktail to sip on a hot summer day! With muddled mint and fresh limes, this simple, classic cocktail recipe stands out from the original by using vodka instead of rum. Best of all, it’s ready in just minutes!

Vodka mojito on a table with a napkin.
Let’s make this easy Vodka Mojito recipe.

This easy mojito with vodka, served over ice, is one of my favorite vodka recipes to make all season long. It’s easy to pretend you’re on vacation while sipping one of these yummy vodka drinks. 

A Vodka Mojito is super refreshing

If you’ve ever ordered a mojito in a bar, you probably remember getting a little bit of side-eye from the bartender. It’s not because these are hard. It’s just that they take a minute to put together.

Instead, I prefer to make this mojito recipe with vodka at home for friends and family. 

It’s amazing to me how a lot of cocktails have similar flavors. But just a few small tweaks, like using vodka instead of rum, can make them taste totally different from one another.

Related: Tequila Mojito

There are so many drinks I love that use lime and mint but his Vodka Mojito tastes nothing like the others. This is my absolute FAVORITE mojito recipe.

Over the years, I’ve played around with a variety of recipes (check out my Passion Fruit Vodka Mojito) but I always come back to this classic. 

I love to make a mojito with vodka because the vodka has such a neutral flavor. All the flavor in this drink comes from the fresh ingredients you are using.

The club soda helps to keep this really crisp and I love that you can control how much sugar you are adding so you can tailor-make this to your taste preferences.

If you’re looking for a cocktail to help cool you down, this is it!

Ingredients

Ingredients for vodka mojito recipe on a counter.
What you need to make a mojito with vodka.

Scroll down to find a printable Vodka Mojito recipe card with the full measurements and instructions. 

There are a few different ways to make mojitos but this is the way I prefer them.

Use whatever your favorite vodka is or whatever you have on hand.

I prefer to use sugar in my mojitos. I think it brings out such a nice sweetness that compliments the tangy lime better than simple syrup. But you can totally use simple syrup if you prefer. 

Cutting the limes into smaller pieces just helps you to muddle them better and get all the flavors and oils to be released.

If you don’t have fresh limes, you can substitute Rose’s Lime Juice. But only if it is a mojito emergency.

The club soda is used to top off this mojito with vodka recipe. This is where you can make it how you like it.

If you want to dilute the vodka and sip on this over a longer period of time, add more club soda. If you don’t love the bubbles, just add a splash. Do you! 

Also, some people use Sprite instead of club soda. But that’s gross. I would never make them that way. (Again, I don’t love sweet things). 

How to Make a Mojito With Vodka

Woman adding mint and limes to a glass for a mojito recipe with vodka.

Step 1

 In a tall glass, add fresh mint and quartered limes.

Woman adding sugar to a glass with mint and limes for a mojito.

Step 2

Add sugar.

Woman muddling sugar, mint and lime for a mojito cocktail.

Step 3

With a muddler, muddle the crap out of the mint, sugar and limes in the glass. I like this muddler because it is dark wood which will hide stains from fruits and juices better. It also has little pokes on the bottom that will make it easier to smoosh up your fruit and herbs. 

Woman adding vodka to a mojito cocktail in a tall glass.

Step 4

Add ice and then the vodka.

Adding club soda to a mojito cocktail made with vodka.

Step 5

Top with club soda.

Step 6

Give it a quick stir. I don’t typically stir up all the lime and mint from the bottom of the glass but instead just try to allow for some of the flavor to mix in with the club soda.

Garnish your mojitos with vodka with fresh mint, a slice of lime or nothing and just drink the darn thing! 

A vodka mojito in a tall glass on a table with fresh mint and lime.

This Vodka Mojito is one you can make all summer long. But I will warn you, the fresh lime and mint flavor will make you want to book a tropical beach vacation. 

Tips

If you don’t have a proper muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon or even an ice cream scooper! 

You can easily change up the flavors by muddling other fresh fruit along with the lime and mint.

To make mojitos for a crowd, try to prepare as much of the ingredients ahead of time, like cutting the limes, having the sugar ready and mint washed and ready, since it does take a minute to muddle the cocktail in each glass.

It is WAY cheaper to buy a 2-liter bottle of club soda, but if you aren’t making a whole bunch of drinks in a relatively short period of time, it makes more sense to buy the smaller bottles so you always have club soda on hand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use vodka instead of rum in a mojito?

Yes! What I love about vodka is that it has a pretty neutral taste and you can use it in just about any recipe in place of the traditional liquor. I prefer a vodka mojito to a classic rum recipe. And I also love a Vodka Margarita.

How much alcohol is in a mojito?

There is an ounce of vodka in this mojito. If you want to make it a bit stronger, you can add more (up to 2 oz). There are 3 ounces of club soda as well, so the ration is about 1 part of vodka to 3 parts of club soda.

How do you make a virgin mojito?

To make this a virgin mojito, you can just leave out the vodka and add a little bit more club soda.

Woman holding a vodka mojito in her hand.

This easy cocktail is refreshing and easy to sip. If you want to enjoy a drink that will help you feel like you are on a tropical vacation, this is it! 

  • Coke Mojito | This cola twist on a mojito is perfect for someone who still wants the fresh mint and lime but is looking for something a little more unique.
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  • Classic Moscow Mule | Swap out the club soda for ginger beer and get a completely different flavor of a similar cocktail.
  • White Wine Spritzer | Or keep things totally easy with a simple wine cocktail. 
  • Watermelon Refresher Tea | This mocktail from 3 Boys and a Dog is perfect to make for your kids when they want to sip on something fun too. 
  • Strawberry Mojito Slushies | The Little Kitchen has an even more refreshing cocktail idea for you to make this summer! 
  • Fruit Punch Cocktail | Fruit punch is the quickest way to get tropical flavors with one ingredient. And it pairs perfectly with a little vodka.
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Vodka Mojito Recipe

This refreshing Vodka Mojito Recipe is full of fresh lime and mint flavor and is the perfect thing to sip on a hot summer day!
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 126kcal
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a tall glass, add fresh mint, quartered limes and sugar.
  • Muddle the fruit and sugar to release their flavors.
  • Add the vodka.
  • Top with Club Soda.
  • Give it a gentle stir.
  • Garnish with fresh mint, a slice of lime

Notes

If you don’t have a proper muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon or even an ice cream scooper! 
You can easily change up the flavors by muddling other fresh fruit along with the lime and mint.
To make mojitos for a crowd, try to prepare as much of the ingredients ahead of time, like cutting the limes, having the sugar ready and mint washed and ready, since it does take a minute to muddle the cocktail in each glass.
It is WAY cheaper to buy a 2-liter bottle of club soda, but if you aren’t making a whole bunch of drinks in a relatively short period of time, it makes more sense to buy the smaller bottles so you always have club soda on hand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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