The real mojito

    10 min

    This is an authentic recipe for a mojito. I sized the recipe for one serving, but you can adjust it accordingly and make a jug full. It's a very refreshing drink for hot summer days.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 10 fresh mint leaves
    • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
    • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
    • 5 or 6 ice cubes
    • 1 shot of rum
    • 120ml soda water

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Place mint leaves and 1 of the lime wedges into a tall glass.
    2. Smash or crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice.
    3. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and crush again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
    4. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with soda water. Stir, taste and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.

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    Great simple recipe. Instead of sugar, I use gomme syrup, like many others on this thread. I don't make the syrup though, it's so cheap & convenient to buy. Who doesn't like a good Mojito? A great bar opener every time!  -  28 Feb 2017


    Good recipe as is. If I'm going to make several of these, I will make a simple syrup (1 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup water, simmered for a few minutes and cooled) and use a few tablespoons of that instead of the sugar. This helps to ensure that the sugar is fully dissolved into the drink. Adds another step, but worth it for company.  -  01 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is almost the same as the one we use at my bar. We use simple syrup (equal parts sugar in the raw and water, boiled down) instead of granulated sugar because it mixes with more ease. We also just muddle one half of a lime with the mint (exactly 11 leaves), add ice, measure your rum (we use 2 ounces) and simple syrup, then shake that bad boy to death. Pour into a glass, and top with a splash of soda water. These are crazy popular at my bar. We also garnish these with a stick of sugar cane, but that is strictly for aesthetics. Annoying to make, but so good.  -  07 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)