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Here’s how to make a Vodka Mojito! You can still make a mojito recipe if there’s no rum on hand or you don’t love the spirit.

Vodka Mojito

Can you make a Vodka Mojito? Yes, vodka works as a swap for rum in this classic drink. But should you make a mojito recipe with vodka? Well, that’s up for debate. Lose the rum and you’ve lost the tropical, fruity essence that’s at the heart of this drink. To us, there’s nothing like the Classic Mojito. But are you all out of rum or mixing a drink for someone who doesn’t like the stuff? We’ll allow it.

What’s in a vodka mojito?

The vodka mojito is a spin on the Mojito, a classic cocktail invented in Havana, Cuba. The modern version of this drink took off in America in the 1930’s when Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize it. To make the vodka version of a Mojito, simply substitute an equal amount of vodka for the white rum. Here’s what you’ll need:

Vodka Mojito

A Mojito with vodka: pros and cons

Is a mojito recipe with vodka good? Can you substitute vodka in a mojito? Here’s our honest opinion:

  • A vodka mojito loses the tropical fruitiness that’s the essence of a true Mojito. We don’t recommend it unless you ran out of rum or are mixing the drink for someone who can’t stand the stuff.
  • The vodka mojito still tastes good! Think of it like a Vodka Gimlet with mint. It’s minty and refreshing. However, there’s almost no perception of alcohol since vodka is a very neutral spirit. It’s a little, dare we say it, boring.

Muddle the mint, then shake

All you’ve got to do for a vodka mojito? Muddle the mint, add the ingredients, and shake until cold. Muddling is gently mashing herbs or fruits to release their juices. Here’s more about the process for making this classic drink:

  • Use a cocktail muddler. Here’s a great cocktail muddler, or you can use an unfinished wooden spoon.
  • Muddle the mint first. Gently mash the herb to get out all the oils. Do this right in the cocktail shaker.
  • Add the drink ingredients, ice and shake! Then strain out the drink into the glass. Don’t have a cocktail shaker? You can use a glass jar with a cover (poke holes in the lid to strain it out).

Better spins: the gin or tequila mojito

Don’t want to use rum, but want another idea for how to mix up this drink? Try the Gin Mojito or Tequila Mojito! These spins on the classic are more interesting than the vodka mojito, in our opinion.

The gin blends better and the tequila adds a bite to the finish of each sip, whereas the vodka is more neutral and hard to detect. It’s best with rum, but you could try your hand with gin or tequila if you have it on hand.

Tequila Mojito
Try the tequila mojito for another alternative!

More mojito variations

We’ll be honest: the Vodka Mojito isn’t our favorite because rum is what gives the Mojito its personality! But we’ve got lots more spins on a mojito that are worth trying: some are even better than the original! Here are our top Mojito recipes:

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Vodka mojito

Vodka Mojito

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


Here’s how to make a Vodka Mojito! You can still make a mojito recipe if there’s no rum on hand or you don’t love the spirit.


  • 6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 ounce* lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 to 4 ounces soda water


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves. Add the lime juice, syrup, and vodka and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  2. Place ice into a glass, and strain in the drink. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Vodka mojito, mojito recipe vodka

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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