Classic Mojito

Learn how to make a classic mojito with zesty lime, fresh mint and spritzy club soda for your next cocktail concoction!

This Mojito’s Mint to Be…

Don’t you agree? Lately, I’ve been loving fresh mint so much, I’m considering getting a little mint tree to place in my kitchen. Okay, it’s more of a pot, but you must concede, it looks like a tiny tree. Imagine the fresh mint being plucked just before a Mojito Monday. The combo of freshest mint, zesty lime juice and spritzy club soda and gin would just rock.

What’s in a Mojito?

  • Fresh mint – use the freshest mint leaves that you can find. Look for bright green leaves that are plump and free from browned edges or limp leaves.
  • Simple syrup – you can alternately use one to one and a half teaspoons of cane sugar if you don’t have simple syrup on hand
  • White rum – use your favorite white rum
  • Lime juice – fresh-squeezed is the way to go for the best tasting mint mojito
  • Ice
  • Club soda – try to use just-opened club soda for the spritzy-est finish. Flat, or even midway-flat club soda will make for a non-vibrant mojito.
  • Optional – you can add a splash of Angostura bitters, as well as a mint sprig and lime wheel for presentation.

super closeup shot of a classic mojito drink with mint leaves and fresh lime

What is a Mojito?

A mojito is refreshing cocktail made with mint and lime flavors for a bubbly alcoholic drink. The mojito’s origins trace back to Havana, Cuba, with many uncertain to its exact origins. Some trace the mojito back to Sir Francis Drake when it was called “El Draque”, while others say it was first made in a bar in Havana called Bodeguita del Medio. [1][2]

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How to Make a Mojito

This classic mojito recipe calls for fresh mint and fresh lime-juice with a mix of white rum and club soda for a delicious finish. Check out the super easy steps it takes to make a classic mojito drink.

First, add fresh mint and simple syrup to a highball glass.

Then, using a muddler, lightly muddle the mint together with the simple syrup—this will create a mint simple syrup. As you muddle, you’ll notice the aroma of mint wafting in the air, as well as mint oils releasing into the simple syrup (okay, you might not be able to actually see the mint oil!). Just think of this process as gently massaging the oils out of the mint and into the simple syrup.

Now, add the rum and lime juice. I prefer not to use bottled lime juice as it’s just not as good as fresh juice. The flavor of fresh squeezed lime juice is tart, with vibrant taste, while bottled lime juice tends to be bitter and artificial tasting. Stir together your mint simple syrup, rum, and lime juice

After, fill the highball glass with ice and top it off with club soda. Using a stirring spoon from a cocktail set, gently stir together the ice, club soda and sweet mojito cocktail mixture.

Here, you can add a splash of bitters if you’d like.

Lastly, garnish with a mint sprig and like wheel. Then, pop in a straw, sip and enjoy your classic mojito drink! 

closeup of a mojito drink on a serving track with cocktail accessories

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Learn how to make a classic mojito with zesty lime, fresh mint and spritzy club soda for your next cocktail concoction!


  • 610 mint leaves
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz white rum
  • ¾ to 1 oz lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top of glass
  • Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: mint sprig, lime wheel


  1. Add mint and simple syrup to a highball glass.
  2. Grab the muddler from your cocktail set and lightly muddle mint and sweetener, being careful not to completely crush or pulverize the mint. You want to think of this as gently massaging the minty aroma and oils out of the leaves.
  3. Add white rum and lime juice. Stir until mixed.
  4. Add ice. Pour club soda over ice to the top of the glass. Give it a gentle stir to mix. Use a spoon to scoop/stir some of the mint towards the middle and top of the drink.
  5. Optionally, add a splash of bitters.
  6. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel. Add a straw, then sip and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Drinks, Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Cuban

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