The mojito was always a bit of a enigma to me. You need all that fancy equipment to make one, they taste so good that I was never really sure exactly what was in it and a lot of bar tenders hate making them. Surely because they are difficult to make right? How wrong I was. This easiest ever mojito is here to show you all that you can make your favourite cocktail in the comfort of your own home, no fancy equipment necessary. And it is every bit as delicious as one you’ll be served up in a bar. I promise!
Another mojito misconception I had was that they are super sugary and unhealthy. While they do contain sugar, this recipe contains only one tablespoon – which is only around 15 calories. I do think that some bars add a lot more than this (and by all means, if you like it sweeter then add more if you like). But this is a very delicious drink without the need to add more sugar.
Where is mojito from?
We have Cuba to thank for the humble mojito cocktail. While there is some debate about the exact origins, it is known that some South American Indians visiting Cuba returned with a a medley of ingredients suitable for creating medicine including lime juice and a local ‘rum’, made from sugar cane.
Whatever the origins, I have to say that this is most certainly my kind of medicine. While I don’t often drink cocktails, mojitos are one of the small handful I go for (along with the Moscow Mule & Bloody Mary)
Can it be made without rum?
If you are looking to make a ‘virgin’ (non-alcoholic) mojito then you can leave out the rum. It may be a little ‘bland’ taste wise so you can add in a little extra lime juice if you like a tart flavour – or a little honey if you like the sweetness.
If you want to substitute the rum for another spirit then you can use vodka or another white spirit. It definitely won’t taste the same – but it’s tasty all the same. Plus it all comes down to personal perference.
How is the easiest ever mojito made?
This mojito recipe is really simple – mix the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker (or a pint glass if you don’t have one). Use a cocktail muddler, a wooden spoon handle or the end of a rolling pin to press the leaves a few times. Add ice and rum, cover and shake for 10 seconds and then pour into a glass. Top with an inch or so of soda water and you are done.
Well practiced, you can have this drink ready in a minute or two!
Products that work great for this recipe
Crushed Ice Maker
Bamboo Bartender & Cocktail Kit
Refreshing, sweet and simple – this easiest ever mojito recipe is perfect for summer BBQ’s and sundowner cocktails. Plus, it takes mere minutes to create!
Makes one cocktail
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 50ml white rum
- 100ml club soda
1. In a cocktail shaker add the mint leaves, the lime juice and use a cocktail muddler to ‘muddle the mint’. This means to lightly press the mint a few times so that it releases the flavours. You don’t want to bash it into obscurity leaving soggy, limp mint because that isn’t going to look good can actually make it bitter. If you don’t have a muddler then you can use the end of a rolling pin or the bottom of a wooden spoon handle.
2. Add the rum and the ice into the shaker, place the lid and shake well for around 10-15 seconds. (see notes)
3. Pour into a glass and fill the glass with some soda water – use as much or as little as you prefer to taste.
4. Serve with some extra mint to garnish
- While you can use plain old ice cubes for this, I like to use crushed ice or pebbled ice
- If you don’t have a cocktail shaker then there really is no reason why you can’t use a pint glass (although the metal from the cocktail mixer will make the drink colder – it won’t be that noticeable). Use a coaster and VERY firmly hold it over the top when shaking.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktail
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 150
- Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 9g
- Protein: 0g
Keywords: drink, cocktail, rum, mint, alcohol