Mint and Lime Mojito Recipe

Fresh Mint Mojitos made by steeping crushed mint in sugar and rum. So refreshing and minty! This make the very best mojito ever.


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Elise Bauer

We can wax on in regards to the glory of the mojito – this good concoction of rum, mint, sugar, lime juice, and glowing water — however I’m guessing you received’t want a variety of convincing in that regard.

Instead, let’s focus on the constructing of the mojito, which in my view, is what distinguishes a “good” mojito from a “truly incredible” mojito.

Before now, you might have made mojitos like this: You threw some mint, lime juice, and sugar right into a glass after which mashed ‘em up with a picket spoon, or when you had been feeling bartender-y, with a flowery muddler. Then you added somewhat booze and a variety of soda water, leading to a glowing, mint salad in a glass with a touch of rum.

No extra. You’re higher than that, and your mojitos ought to be too!

The higher solution to make mojitos takes somewhat extra time, endurance, and energy, however is nicely price it.


Take a mortar and pestle and slowly crush the mint and sugar with a splash of the rum till you might have a really advantageous paste. After that, add the remainder of the rum and let it infuse for a couple of minutes, then pressure the combination, and high with a naked splash of soda.

The result’s a mojito that’s not solely cleaner in look (large mint taste, no floating mint leaves), but additionally endlessly extra flavorful than any mojito you’ve beforehand skilled.

Mint and Lime Mojito Recipe


A mortar and pestle are actually the very best instruments for this recipe, but when you do not have one, then chop the mint as finely as you’ll be able to, then smash it with a fork in a small bowl to combine it with the sugar and rum. You can even puree the mint, sugar, and all the rum in a clear spice grinder.

Traditionally, you’ll use a highball glass for mojitos, however it’s advantageous to make use of no matter glass you want to your cocktail.


  • 10 massive mint leaves, plus further for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 half ounces white rum
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (from half a lime)
  • Soda water
  • A number of sprigs recent mint, to garnish
  • Thinly sliced wheels of lime, to garnish

Special gear:


1 Make the mint paste: Place the mint, sugar, and half ounce of the rum into the underside of a mortar and pestle, and grind slowly till it turns right into a paste.

2 Add the remainder of the rum and permit it to steep for about 5 minutes. If your mortar is simply too small for the extra rum, switch the paste to a small bowl after which add the rum.

three Strain the rum. Fill a glass with ice. Set a small mesh strainer over the glass and pressure the mint combination. Use a spoon to press out each final drop of rum from the paste. (Use a big bowl and strainer if that’s all you might have then switch to the glass. Whatever works for you.)

four Finish the cocktail. Add the lime juice and high with soda water. Stir collectively and garnish with a lime wheel or a sprig of mint when you’re feeling further fancy.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is knowledgeable author and recipe developer whose work has appeared in lots of print and on-line publications comparable to Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past purchasers additionally embody quite a few meals corporations, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his web site, Coupe de Grace.

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