Here’s a classic mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.


Is there any cocktail more refreshing than a mojito? Of all the classic cocktails, this iconic Cuban drink is one of the greats. Here’s a mojito recipe that’s spot on perfection: not too sweet, bubbly, and minty fresh. Like the margarita, the true version has less sugar and more nuance than what it’s become in bars and pre-made mixes. It’s perfect for sipping on the patio, and just as good in the dead of winter when you’re dreaming of the beach. Here’s exactly how to make a simple mojito!

Want to make a batch for a crowd? Try the Mojito Pitcher instead!

How to make a mojito?

The mojito is a sour cocktail that originates from Havana, Cuba. The origins of the Mojito are cloudy: some say it was invented in the 1500s, others in the 1800’s with the birth of the Bacardi rum company. In any case, its place as an iconic Cuban cocktail was solidified by the 1930’s when Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize the drink.

It makes the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This means that it has an “exact” definition, though of course it is interpreted differently by bartenders all over the world! Here’s what’s in a classic mojito recipe:

To make it, you’ll simply muddle mint, add the lime juice, rum, and simple syrup, and shake it in a cocktail shaker. Then top off the glass with club soda before serving. Wondering how to muddle? Keep reading.

Mojito recipe

The right way to muddle mint

Muddling is gently mashing herbs or fruits to release their juices. This technique is often used in cocktails because it helps the flavors incorporate better than if you just threw a mint sprig right into the drink. Is there a right way to muddle? In fact, there is! Here’s how to muddle mint…the right way:

  • Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have one, you can use a large metal cup or bowl.
  • Using a wooden cocktail muddler or unfinished wooden spoon, gently mash the mint a few times to release the juices. Do not mash the mint with a lot of force! The key to muddling is a light touch.

Want more ideas for using up mint? Try these Best Mint Recipes or Mint Cocktails.

Lime and mint

A mojito that’s just sweet enough

The best part about this mojito recipe: it’s just sweet enough! So many mojito recipes can be like drinking sugar water. This one is sweetened just enough to be refreshingly tart, but not too sweet. Of course if you like your drinks sweeter, feel fee to add more sweetener to taste. There are two options for sweetening this mojito recipe, depending on your preferences:

  • Simple syrup: Ultra classic is to use simple syrup! You can buy it or it’s easy to make at home. Here’s how to make simple syrup.
  • Maple syrup: Pure maple syrup is a fantastic natural sweetener for cocktails! It has a nuanced flavor and gentle way of sweetening drinks. It doesn’t taste like maple: it just adds a natural sweetness.

The best ice for a mojito: crushed or cubes?

One last thing about this simple mojito before we get to that recipe! Many purists argue over the right ice to use in a mojito: crushed ice, or cubed. In our research, we’ve found this: crushed ice melts faster. So if sparkling water is added as part of a drink, you should use ice cubes, not crushed ice that might water it down more.

Using that theory: since soda water is added to this mojito as part of the cocktail, you should use ice cubes and not crushed ice! Now you know. Of course as with any cocktail “rule”, you can break it at any time. If you prefer crushed ice: be our guest! It would be just as tasty. (But a few cocktails where crushed ice is a must…Vodka Cranberry, Berry Vodka Smash and Whiskey Smash!)

How to make a Mojito

Mojito recipe variations!

Here are a few cocktails that are similar to the Mojito and some fun variations! Make these Mojito recipes when you want to mix it up:

When to serve a mojito

A mojito is always fun and festive, perfect for parties and entertaining, or a laid back evening sipping on your own! It’s great as a:

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Mojito recipe

Classic Mojito

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


Here’s a classic mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.


  • 6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) white rum
  • 2 to 4 ounces (½ cup) soda water


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves. (Here’s how to muddle mint.)
  2. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.
  3. Place ice into a glass, and strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.
  4. Pitcher variation: Go to Mojito Pitcher recipe.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Mojito, Simple Mojito, Mint Mojito

More classic cocktails

Here are a few more of our best classic cocktails you might also enjoy:

  • Piña Colada The best piña colada recipe you’ll find! It’s takes only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes. Drink umbrella required! (Also: there’s a Virgin Version.)
  • Paloma Cocktail Cousin of the classic margarita, this easy Mexican cocktail recipe features tequila with grapefruit instead of lime! 
  • Tom Collins This popular gin cocktail that’s light and bubbly! Here’s how to make this refreshing drink: and don’t forget the cherry.
  • Lemon Drop Martini A zingy classic cocktail, it’s perfectly balanced and refreshingly tart, served with a sugar rim and a lemon twist.

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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