This is the Best Mojito Recipe, with a quick homemade mojito simple syrup to intensify the flavor! Learn how to make a mojito for one or for a crowd!
The Best Mojito Recipe
Mojito cocktails are one of the best drinks, ever. The refreshing lime flavor, mixed with rum, pairs perfectly with fresh mint. It’s an easy cocktail you can make right at home and that’s a real treat to your tastebuds. Mojitos are great as a slow sipper at the end of the day or a casual gathering with friends. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right?
How did I learn to make the best mojitos?
My easy technique comes from a bartender I met when we were on vacation in the Caribbean. He showed me that they prep a mojito simple syrup with mint and lime which ups the flavor in mojitos. You still muddle together some fresh mint and lime the old fashioned way, but adding in that mojito simple syrup elevates the flavor to a new level!
What is a Mojito?
Mojitos are a cocktail from Havana, Cuba. At the time, Cuban rum was not what it is today. It was not smooth and was hard to enjoy on its own. Thus, the Mojito was created! With a little sugar, mint and lime juice, Cubans were able to transform the unpalatable rum into something absolutely delicious!
As Americans were permitted to visit Cuba, the love for Mojitos began to spread and now it’s one of the most well known cocktails in the world! A few fresh ingredients, ice and a good white rum are all you need to enjoy this Cuban classic!
What’s in a Mojito?
This cocktail really doesn’t have too many ingredients and that means that it takes even less time to make!
- granulated sugar
- fresh mint leaves
- fresh lime
- ice cubes
- white rum
- club soda
In place of club soda, you can also use sparkling water (if you like your Mojito less sweet) or some people choose to use sprite. I prefer club soda, as it doesn’t change the overall flavor of the cocktail.
Homemade Simple Syrup for Mojitos
They key to making the BEST Mojito is the Mojito Simple Syrup! It’s incredibly easy and can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for easy Mojitos later!
How to make Mojito Simple Syrup:
- Add all ingredients to a medium sized pot and bring to a simmer. Place lid on the pot and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Strain the simple syrup through a sieve to remove the mint leaves and lime wedges. Store in fridge in an airtight container for up to a week!
How to Make a Mojito from Scratch
- Add mint and lime to glass: Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass (or a cocktail shaker if using a delicate glass to serve).
- Muddle: Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice.
- Add more lime and the simple syrup: Add 2 more lime wedges and the simple syrup, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
- Pour: Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and then fill the glass with club soda.
- Stir, taste, and add more simple syrup if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a sugar cane stick, if desired.
How to muddle mint for a cocktail
Muddling is a technique used in drinks to gently mash herbs or fruit to release their juices. You can do this with the bottom of a wooden spoon or with a proper muddler. Either way will work!Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a sturdy cup or cocktail shaker. Gently mash the mint a few times with a muddler (or the bottom of the wooden spoon) to release the oils form the mint. You do not want to pulverize the mint, just press firmly to release the oils!
Tips for the Best Mojitos
Here are a couple tips that I’ve learned throughout the years of making my own mojitos at home.
- The key to this recipe is the added Mojito Simple Syrup. Do not skip it! It elevates the flavor to a whole new level!
- Serve it chilled. Mojitos that are served extra chilled and cold go down so much smoother. Just make sure you chill the simple syrup fully!
- Use a good quality rum! It makes all the difference to your final cocktail if you use a good quality white rum. There are so few ingredients in a mojito, make sure to use quality ones.
- Drinks always taste better with friends. Okay, so maybe this isn’t really a tip but just one of those things that I think is true!
How to Make Ahead
You can make the simple syrup up to a week ahead of time. Then, you can make each mojitos fresh to order OR you can make an entire pitcher of Mojitos! To make a pitcher, you follow the same steps, but make a much larger quantity in a large pitcher. Pour into glasses and toast with your guests!
Making Mojitos for a Crowd
If you want to make this mojito to take on the go to a party, I would recommend following all steps, except adding the ice and club soda. Prepare the rest at home, then add the club soda and ice right before serving!
Leave me a comment or review below letting me know how this recipe turns out for you!
Mojito Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 10 mint leaves
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons Mojito Simple Syrup
- 1/2 a lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 fluid ounces white rum
- club soda (for serving)
Pitcher of Mojitos
- 60 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 2 cups white rum
- 5 limes
- 1/2 cup mojito simple syrup
- club soda
- Mojito Simple Syrup: Add all ingredients to a medium sized pot and bring to a simmer. Place lid on the pot and let simmer for about 10 minutes. (It’s important to keep the lid on or too much of the water will dissolve.)
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Strain the simple syrup through a sieve to remove the mint leaves and lime wedges. Chill in fridge until cold. Store in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 7 days.
- Single Mojito: Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the simple syrup, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
- Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and then fill the glass with club soda. Stir, taste, and add more simple syrup if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a sugar cane stick, if desired.
- Pitcher of Mojitos: Add the mint leaves, rum, lime juice and mojito simple syrup to a large pitcher. Muddle the mint to release its flavors. Fill the pitcher most of the way full with ice. Top with club soda. Serve in tall glasses filled with ice, then garnish with extra mint, lime wedges and a sugar cane stick, if desired.
Serving Size:1 mojito
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 10gSugar: 26gProtein: 4g
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