Sipping on a mojito always tastes like I’m on vacation. It’s just one of those drinks that I tend to order when I’m on a beach, and since I live in the middle of the country this only happens on vacation trips. That being said, a mojito is an awesome cocktail to make at home too. It’s simple, refreshing, and is the perfect cocktail to make this weekend as many of us wave goodbye to summer. This is the best at-home mojito recipe and I know you’ll love it as much as I do.
Also, if you happen to have stumbled on this post in the dead of winter, I still think a mojito is a fun cocktail to choose. I’d try sipping this in front of a sunlight lamp or with all the lights on and watching your favorite beach-themed movie. (Can you tell I’m already planning how I’ll cope with the post-holiday winter season this year? Ha.)
Usually mojitos are made with white rum, and this is the kind I usually have on hand at home. It’s good for more flavorful or tiki-style cocktails, not necessarily a good rum just for sipping. And most often a mojito is topped off with club soda, but when I make it at home I like to use a lime-flavored soda water. This brand is from Target but any brand (LaCroix, Bubly, etc.) is great.
In the recipe below you’ll see that muddling the mint leaves is an important step. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a spoon or even a reusable straw. The goal is to really smash the mint leaves in the mix so they release their oils, as this enhances the flavor as well as the smell.
And major bonus points if you use chipped ice. This really elevates any at-home drink. I will sometimes buy a bag from Sonic and keep it in my freezer, especially if I’m hosting a party and will need extra ice anyway. But any ice is fine, don’t get too hung up on that. 🙂 Cheers! xo. Emma
Best At-Home Mojito
- 2 1/2 ounces white rum
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 8 + fresh mint leaves
- lime flavored club soda
In a cocktail shaker, add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves. Muddle (smash) the mint leaves well. Add ice and shake the cocktail, then strain into a tall glass such as a Collins or Highball glass. Add ice and top off with the club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.
You can buy simple syrup or make your own. The simplest way is to combine equal parts water and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved, and do not allow the mixture to boil. Cool and use as needed, or store in a container in the refrigerator and use for months as needed.
You can use any rum but white rum is traditional. And you can use plain club soda instead of lime flavored, but I think lime flavored is just a little better.