Here’s the best classic mojito recipe and dozens of fun variations! The combination of white rum, mint and lime never gets old.

If there’s one drink that never gets old, it’s the classic Mojito. This refreshing classic invented in the 1930’s has stood the test of time…because it’s just that good. The way the herbaceous mint pairs with fruity rum and zingy lime makes magic every time. It’s such a favorite that we’ve created dozens of types of Mojito recipes that riff on this tasty concept.

So here’s our best Mojito recipe: made the classic way! It’s pared back to its essentials, following the classic definition and sweetened just enough. Then, try different types of Mojito recipe variations: in every color and flavor! Strawberry, coconut, pineapple, watermelon…each one is uniquely refreshing.

And now…the top mojito recipes to try!

Mojito history and classic definition

The Mojito is a classic cocktail that originated in Havana, Cuba. Some say the combination of lime, rum and mint was invented in the 1500s by indigenous natives as a medicine. Others claim its invention was in the 1800’s with the birth of the Bacardi rum company. In any case, its place as an iconic Cuban cocktail was solidified by the 1930’s when Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize the drink.

The Mojito makes the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning it has a formalized definition (though it’s made differently everywhere). Here’s what’s in a classic mojito recipe:

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Mojito Recipe (& Variations!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s a classic mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) white rum
  • 2 to 4 ounces (½ cup) soda water

Instructions

  1. For the classic: In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves. (Here’s how to muddle mint.) Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold. Place ice into a glass, and strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.
  2. Pitcher variation: Go to Mojito Pitcher recipe.
  3. Strawberry: Go to Strawberry Mojito recipe.
  4. Coconut: Go to Coconut Mojito recipe.
  5. Pineapple: Go to Pineapple Mojito recipe.
  6. Raspberry: Go to Raspberry Mojito recipe.
  7. Peach: Go to Peach Mojito recipe.
  8. Watermelon: Go to Watermelon Mojito recipe.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Mojito recipe, types of mojitos

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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