Classic Fresh Rum Mojitos

Our favorite mojito recipe with white rum, fresh lime, and mint. I’ll share how to make mojitos for one as well as how to make them in a pitcher, perfect for serving a crowd. Jump to the Mojito Recipe or watch how we make them in the video below.

Watch Us Make Rum Mojitos

How to Make The Best Mojito

We absolutely love the simplicity of a classic mojito cocktail. Thanks to white rum, fresh mint, lime, and a little bit of sugar, mojitos taste fresh and light, making them perfect for warmer weather!

Mojitos are easy to make for one or for a crowd. For the best tasting cocktail, don’t skip the fresh mint and freshly squeezed lime, they’re essential on this one.

Our favorite mojito recipe with white rum, fresh lime, and mint. I'll share how to make mojitos for one as well as how to make them in a pitcher, perfect for serving a crowd.

Making mojitos in three easy steps

  1. Add fresh lime juice, sugar, and fresh mint leaves to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle mint into the lime juice and sugar, releasing flavorful oils from the mint.
  3. Add rum, stir, and serve in a glass topped with a little club soda.

How to make mojitos for a crowd

To make mojitos in a pitcher, muddle mint into lime juice and sugar then stir in rum. If you plan on serving right away, add ice and top with club soda. If you are making the pitcher of mojitos in advance, wait to add the ice and club soda until you are ready to serve so it stays carbonated.

Which rum is best for Mojitos?

Traditionally, white rum is used to make mojitos. The rum you use doesn’t need to break the bank. A good quality, reasonably priced white rum will do the trick.

Mojito Variations

I love the classic mojito, but there are quite a few ways you can mix it up. Here are three of my favorites:

  • Make strawberry mojitos by muddling sliced strawberries with the mint and lime juice. Or use a different fruit, we use blueberries to make blueberry mojitos, but peaches, blackberries, and raspberries would also be amazing.
  • Make spicy mojitos by muddling slices of jalapeño or Serrano pepper with the mint and lime juice.
  • Make ultra refreshing mojitos with cucumber. Just muddle a few slices into the mint and lime.

Recipe updated, originally posted September 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Classic Fresh Rum Mojitos

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Mojitos are very simple to make. For the best mojito cocktail, use fresh mint and freshly squeezed lime. For variations to the recipe including adding fruit and making it spicy, see the article above.

Makes 1 drink

You Will Need

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lime juice

2 teaspoons sugar

8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

2 ounces (1/4 cup) white rum

Ice

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) club soda

Lime slice for garnish

Directions

    Add lime juice, sugar and eight mint leaves to a cocktail shaker.

    Use the end of a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to bash (or muddle) the mint into the lime juice and sugar. This releases oils from the mint and helps the sugar dissolve into the lime juice.

    Add rum, stir well, and then pour into a glass filled with ice, leaving about an inch of room. Top with club soda and serve with extra mint leaves and a lime slice.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • To make enough for four people follow these amounts: 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, 3 tablespoons sugar, 32 fresh mint leaves, 1 cup white rum, 4 cups ice, 1/2 cup club soda, and 4 lime slices for garnish.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values for 1 drink.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 drink / Calories 176 / Protein 0 g / Carbohydrate 14 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 9 g / Total Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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15 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Thomas Porter July 29, 2017, 5:31 pm

    Great recipe, by using lime juice as opposed to muddling lime, mint & sugar you avoid the bitter oils in the lime skin. Best mojito I’ve made from this recipe.

    Reply
  • Patti July 29, 2016, 8:05 pm

    Delicious! But why do the drinks in the pictures look a different color? Dark rum instead of white? Brown sugar or syrup? Bitters? Something citrusy-yellow? The drink in the video looks as expected with these ingredients, as did ours. Just wondered if there is a secret ingredient, or maybe just the lighting.

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    • Joanne July 30, 2016, 3:59 pm

      Hi Patti, there is no secret ingredient. The drinks look different because the photo and the video were shoot at different times. Hope you enjoy the cocktail 🙂

      Reply
  • Bali Tour April 20, 2016, 10:38 pm

    nice drink,
    very refreshing

    Reply
  • D Rosas May 31, 2015, 10:33 pm

    Love it can’t get enough of it, best drink since the Bushwhacker.I have two daughters that live in USVI so every trip I always bring home lots of Rum, I tried this with whipped and Key Lime Rum and it was so wonderful, I grow my own mint, so now I may have to plant a lot more as the rum n mint are going to disappear fast with this recipe. Five stars and thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  • Beth W March 21, 2015, 4:40 pm

    Is there a reason why you stir instead of shaking? Just curious…

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    • Joanne March 23, 2015, 12:56 pm

      Hi Beth, Not really, you could do either 🙂

      Reply
  • Stef April 18, 2014, 2:52 am

    I first enjoyed a refreshing Mojito while on holiday in Mexico and I’ve never looked back, although that may be due to the fact that from that point on I don’t remember a thing! Seriously though the Mojito is an absolute winner, especially when shared with someone special.

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  • cynthia April 13, 2014, 9:09 pm

    Mojito’s are also good with dark spiced rum

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    • Joanne April 16, 2014, 12:49 pm

      Yep! That would be awesome.

      Reply
  • Christopher Wetmore November 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

    I wish my little dry town had a bar where I could get these! Yes, I know you can make them yourself, but I don’t go through rum that quick.

    Reply
  • sandi October 26, 2012, 11:05 am

    Nice basic recipe. My hubby and I improved on the mojito a few years ago when in Rio. We call it the casandao. Just add some fresh Papaya puree on the top. yummmy

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    • Joanne October 26, 2012, 2:04 pm

      Sounds delicious!

      Reply
  • JulieD September 17, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Ooh, you guys, I love a good mojito…has to be my favorite drink!!

    Reply
  • phi September 17, 2012, 3:56 pm

    I feel like an alcoholic looking at mojito recipes this early in the day…

    Reply

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