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Mojito Drink Recipe


Mixing Instructions

Gently muddle the lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar syrup together at the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then slowly add the rum. Fill with soda and stir gently to bring the leaves upwards into the mixture. Optionally add lime wedges as an addition garnish.

The Mojito

The mojito is a traditional Cuban alcoholic drink that may date as far back as the 17th century. It is one of the most famous rum based highballs and has enjoyed tremendous popularity in the last several years, partly due to the efforts of Bacardi in reviving the popularity of it through new products and advertisements.

Although contested, many attribute the modern mojito to have been invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba. The author Ernest Hemingway has been permanently associated to the Mojito as he frequently drank them at this hotel, and inscribed "Mi mojito en la Bodeguita" on the wall of the bar, where it has been saved and can still be viewed today.

The traditional mojito is made from five ingredients - rum, lime, sparkling water (club soda), mint and sugar. The mint is muddled with the lime juice and sugar (either cane or powdered) and sometimes the lime wedges as well. The rum is added and mixed with club soda, and stirred gently to lift the muddled items for presentation. Some areas of Cuba add a dash of Angostura bitters as well.

Many variations of the mojito are becoming more popular with fruit flavored rums or vodkas being substituted for the classic Cuban or light rum.

Preparation tips

Here are some tips to help you make a great mojito.

  • Most people do not add the mint stems to the drink. If muddled or bruised, they can give off a very bitter taste. However, at the La Bodeguita del Medio, they add two mint stalks (stems and all) as well as the club soda to the glass before muddling, so there is a lot of confusion as to whether using the stalks is "correct" or not. Depending on the species of mint you are using, you may need to experiment.
  • Make sure you squeeze the lime wedges into the glass before muddling everything.
  • Try the recipe with a few drops of Angostura Bitters!
  • As a variation, some people use ginger ale instead of soda water.
  • If mint and lime isn't your thing, see all our other mojito variations.

Comments on Mojito:

By Iceburg on April 15th, 2011 at 19:54:11

This shit is nasty

By Carmen on April 5th, 2010 at 12:27:38

I can't really drink Rum or Gin anymore but loooove me some Mojitos! Recently, I've been making them with Tyku sake (got the idea from another cocktail site) and they are to die for!! So refreshing and tasty. I'm going to try it with this recipe!

By Jessi Marie on January 17th, 2010 at 13:21:21

its very rare or your everyday bar to have mint leaves, though they should!!! makes the drink quite perrty!!

By Monkey Justice on September 28th, 2009 at 20:26:32

@Craig - 2 leaves was a typo. It was meant to be 12.

By Craig on September 11th, 2009 at 22:58:34

"2 leaves" of mint has to be a mistake. Maybe two sprigs, about 10-12 leaves! The lime juice should be from Key (Mexican) limes, preferably not common Persian limes; if you use key lime, you can use a little less juice as it's more sour and flavorful. The trick always is to balance the sweet and the sour, which takes practice and depends on the consistency of your lime juice and your simple syrup. For a real treat, use San Pellegrino as the club soda!

By Diego on August 2nd, 2009 at 10:40:20

This is how they do it in La boteguida del medio, in la Havana, Cuba:

high ball glass
pour 1 oz fresh lime juice, a 2 teaspoons of white sugar, add a splash of soda water, stir, add a hand full of mint sprigs (they use hierba buena, which is quite similar but more bitter), muddle with a round wooden muddler gently, not more that 5 hits, add ice cubes to top, pour 2 and half ounces of havana club 3anos, top with soda water, stir...
enjoy... you may wanna try to add a few drops of angostura too !

By Repo Jr. on July 5th, 2009 at 15:12:38

Bacardi has mixers that are good. just mix in carb water, rum and mint leaves to garnish.

By mom on June 14th, 2009 at 09:20:24


By Drake on May 26th, 2009 at 18:12:28

i wanna get me one of these what do they taste like? does the lime really stand out?

By bigboyinbroward1980 on March 28th, 2009 at 19:02:22

Yes this is how its done properly, with sugar syrup......Dave M, thats my boy lol

By Hitzy on December 8th, 2008 at 08:52:47

The best way i find of making a mojito is the following.
To a 14oz glass add one like wedge and caster sugar or two sachets of white sugar. Squeeze half a fresh lime. Add a handfull of mint(anything from 4-12 fresh mint leaves) and add crushed ice to the top of glass. Pour in 50ml of bacardi rum and stir all ingredients gently with a spoon to make all flavours blend together and the sugar dissolves as much as possible. Top up glass with more crushed ice and add soda water. Release the mint leaves oils using straws. To do so poke the leaves with straws. Have a sampel to see if the mojito is ready. Once done serve with two straws (one straight one bent) and add 2 mint leaves like in the picture, but first giving them a few slaps on the hand to release some oils and let the aroma hit your nose as you drink the mojito. Enjoy!

By Chuck on August 18th, 2008 at 14:49:10

1 shot lime juice, 2 shots light rum, and 3 shots of a good lightly carbonated water, sweetness to taste

By Dave M on July 24th, 2008 at 20:45:02

I love to have two or three of these in the morning as a pick me up and a breath freshener. It is a great motivator for me before work

By The Archvillain Bartender on July 23rd, 2008 at 17:08:05

Mojitos are a great summer drink. Adjust the amount of sugar syrup to your taste... 2 oz. can be too sweet for some, and not enough for others.

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Nutrition Information

Serving size: this recipe

Calories 229 (960 kJ)
from alcohol 80
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbs. 38g 13%
Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 36g
Cholesterol 0.1g 0%
Sodium 1.7mg 0%
Potassium 38.2mg 1%
Protein 0.1g
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin C 0 mg 0%
Calcium 4 mg 0%
Iron 0 mg 0%
Vitamin D 0 IU 0%
Folate 0 µ 0%
: Nutritional information disclaimer

*: Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your diet needs.

‡: Does not include Carbonated Water/Club Soda, Lime, Mint

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