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13 Variations on the Mojito

13 Variations on the Mojito

Just in time for National Mojito Day, how to update the traditional mojito with different fruits and spirits

It's not just mint that's getting the muddled treatment in mojitos. There are blueberries, raspberries, pineapples, blood oranges, and other fruits to shake up your mojito routine.

If there's a cocktail more perfect for summer than a mojito, then we just haven't found it. (OK, fine. We'll concede maybe to a margarita — but that's it.) The perfect blend of rum with refreshing mint, zesty lime juice, and sweet simple syrup, the drink just can't be beat.

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The mojito is suprisingly simple and easy to make. Each ingredient is as important as the last; as author Kim Hassard writes in 101 Mojitos and Other Muddled Drinks, it's imperative to use fresh mint, crushed ice (to chill and dilute the drink fast), freshly squeezed lime juice, and sugar (although Hassard uses simple syrup in lieu of raw or Demerara sugar). Yet the most crucial component of a mojito is how it's muddled — especially that mint.

Mint, as Hassard explains, is often overmuddled and pulverized into tiny little pieces. The problem is that when mint is overextracted and overmuddled, it ends up tasting bitter. You want to just barely bruise the mint in order to extract the essential oils; or, try a fancy bartender trick and "slap" the mint in your hands. Slapping the mint releases the oils in a jiff — just take a whiff of your hands afterward and fall in love with mint all over again.

But these days, it's not just mint that's getting the muddled treatment in mojitos. There are blueberries, raspberries, pineapples, blood oranges, and other fruits to shake up your mojito routine. With a few new spirits — ever thought you'd put tequila in a mojito? — and fruits, there's no shortage of ways to drink a refreshing mojito this summer. Just in time for National Mojito Day on July 11, our favorite mojito recipes.


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My all-time favorite mojito recipe, naturally sweetened with honey (instead of sugar) and SO fresh and delicious. Plus, tips for how to make a pitcher of mojitos for a crowd.

In honor of swimming pools opening everywhere, backyard grills firing up in full force, and all things warm and summery kicking off this weekend, I thought we could celebrate with a week of summer cocktail recipes here on the blog!

Beginning with the ultimate refreshing summery cocktail…

Especially with fall of the fresh mint abounding in gardens and farmers markets everywhere this time of year, mojitos are the perfect summer cocktail to whip up for after-work happy hours, afternoons by the pool, weekend grill-outs, you name it. They’re quick and easy to make, so vibrant and lovely, and also easy to whip up in a pitcher if you happen to be serving a crowd. I’m also a big believer that the best mojito recipe is sweetened naturally with just a bit of honey (instead of loads of sugar), which really allows those bright, fresh, tart flavors shine through. But the joy in making homemade mojitos, of course, is that you can add as much sweetener, mint, lime, or rum to taste.

So if you’re looking for a solid mojito recipe this summer, bookmark this one and have fun crafting your own. Cheers, friends!

I love the classic mojito, but there are quite a few ways you can mix it up. Here are three of my favorites:

  • Make strawberry mojitos by muddling sliced strawberries with the mint and lime juice. Or use a different fruit, we use blueberries to make blueberry mojitos, but peaches, blackberries, and raspberries would also be amazing.
  • Make spicy mojitos by muddling slices of jalapeño or Serrano pepper with the mint and lime juice.
  • Make ultra refreshing mojitos with cucumber. Just muddle a few slices into the mint and lime.

Recipe updated, originally posted September 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Our Berry Rose Mojito Is a Fruity Take on the Classic

This flavorful cocktail combines two of the best things about spring — strawberries and bubbly.

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Warm weather calls for ice-cold cocktails. And this one, my friends, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next outdoor gathering. We all know the classic mojito: mint, rum, lime juice, simple syrup and club soda (the fizz!). Well, my take is just as yummy but amps up the fruit and color for spring. Oh, and I swapped club soda for some rosé, because no drink is complete without bubbly. Cheers to that!


There are so many variations on the mojito that it's hard to keep count. But here are a few of my personal favorites.

Strawberry Mojitos - Simply add some fresh strawberries and muddle them together with the mint and lime juice. Or go all out with this Strawberry Mojito Float.

Tequila Mojitos - Swap the rum for tequila and you'll add some delicious smoky flavor to your cocktail. Check out this tequila mojito recipe - it's been shared over 7,000 times!

Coconut Mojito - Just swap the regular rum for coconut rum and you have a delicious coconut cocktail!

Lemon Drop Mojitos - Swap the limes for lemon, and you get a delightfully sour treat.

Blueberry Mojito Jam

Blueberry mojito jam— a fun summer twist on traditional homemade blueberry jam, made with lime and fresh mint.

Blueberry jam is incredible enough on it own, of course. We downed a few jars of it last year in no time at all. But adding a little mint and lime to the mix? It takes blueberry jam to a whole new tasty level and these jars won’t likely last the week.

I have been on a crazy jam spree lately. I’ve made my favorite strawberry jam a few times and experimented with a few other new recipes, like this one, that I already love.

The inspiration for this recipe came from a Better Homes and Gardens canning magazine and I couldn’t wait to try this blueberry variation with mint and lime. It’s fresh and bright, a little surprising, and really quite good.

I left my jam a little softer (not quite as jelled) as that’s how I like it, but cooking it longer will produce a thicker jam if you prefer it that way. Keeping it loose makes it a perfect topping for pancakes and ice cream, and even a great addition to cocktails!

Baking tip:Making jam without pectin

Many jam recipes call for commercial pectin to help it gel and thicken. The thing is, pectin is naturally occurring in the skin, seeds and flesh of fruit and additional pectin isn’t necessary. The process of drawing out the natural pectin and allowing the jam to gel on its own is longer, but I believe the result is a better tasting final product.

Some fruits have low a pectin content, so it may be trickier to get them to gel on their own. Examples are apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, rhubarb and berries. You may choose to use pectin when making jam with these fruits, or try combining them with fruits that are high in pectin, like apples, cranberries, plums, and lemons.

So how do you know your jam has jelled correctly? Here’s a great cheat sheet on the 3 ways to test the jelling point.

Classic Mojito with Mint Simple Syrup Recipe

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When I think about my summer romance with this tall Cuban cocktail, I hear the Black Eyed Peas’ lyrics, “… you’re so 2000 and late…”

As the mother of two teens and a young adult, I’m resigned to retrograde status. So, yes, I admit I came late to mojitos. The cocktail’s popularity peaked several years ago.

But really. Classic cocktails don’t go out of style, do they? This cooling mix of mashed mint, lime juice and white rum isn’t going to “go gentle into that good night”—just because the mixological crowd moves on to the next shiny cocktail shaker.

You’ll find lots of mojito recipe variations. Sweeteners range from pure sugar cane juice, to simple syrup to granulated sugar.

My extra minty mojito incorporates a mint-infused simple syrup.

But in a twist on the “dirty mojito,” I also add a tiny bit of Demerara sugar to the mint leaves as I muddle. I find this extra grit helps release more of the mint leaves’ flavorful essential oils—and the raw sugar also adds just a hint of molasses to the drink.

Classic Mojito recipe

For each mojito you will need:

A handful of fresh mint leaves, about ¼ cup
Pinch of Demerara or raw sugar
1 jigger Mint Simple Syrup, see recipe below
1 jigger white rum
Juice of one lime, strained
Sparkling water, preferably San Pellegrino
Cracked ice
Lime slices and sprig of mint for garnish

Mojito Amaretto

Amaretto Mojito We’ve already tried a lot of different variations on the classic Mojito recipe. This is I think the most unexpected variant on the mojito. This time we use Amaretto as our not so secret ingredient. I’ve tried to make it with lime and oranges, the version with lime was definitely the best. Because we don’t use a traditional mojito glass for this cocktail it gets a more elegant look and feel, that suits the Amaretto perfectly. Very nice to try in spring.

What do you need for a Amaretto Mojito?

Amaretto (1 part)
Sparkling water (1,5 part)
Lime (1 piece)
Crushed ice

How do you make a Amaretto Mojito?

For this cocktail we are going to use a wine glass. Because a wine glass is not so strong usually we are not going to muddle the limes this time. We will be making the cocktail straight into the glass. Squeeze the lime into the glass and put the squeezed lime parts also into the glass. Now add the amaretto and mint leaves. Fill up the glass with crushed ice and top it of with sparkling water. Add some mint leaves for garnish in this cocktail and it’s ready to serve.

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Mojito Royal

Mojito Royal The absolute king of the mojito’s is the Mojito Royal. The name says enough already. This variation on the classic mojito we’ve made with champagne. The most elegant and classy mojito. If you’re a fan of the mojito and you are looking for a welcome drink or aperitif this is the one to go for.

What do you need for a Mojito Royal?

White rum (1 part)
Champagne (1,5 part)
Lime (1 piece)
Sugar syrup

How do you make a Mojito Royal?

For this cocktail we use a long drink glass. For this reason we can’t use a muddler because this would break the glass definitely. We still be making the cocktail straight into the glass. You can also use a champagne glass for this cocktail if you have these. Take your glass and squeeze out in the glass and put in the squeezed limes. Now add the sugar syrup, mint and with rum. Carefully give it a small stir. We don’t want to break the glass. Fill up the glass with crushed ice and again give it a small stir. Now top of the glass with the champagne. Add some mint leaves or a lemon part for garnish and your Mojito Royal is ready to serve.

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  1. Place mint leaves and lime juice in a glass and muddle them together. Muddling = mushing them up and crushing the leaves to release the flavor and oils the mint. Use a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Or a set of brass knuckles. To each their own.
  2. Add the honey simple syrup.
  3. Add the sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with lime slices, a sprig of mint, and/or fresh fruit (see Variations below).

  • Try freezing mint if you have a surplus so you always have the ingredients on hand.
  • If you want to make this for a crowd, pulse the fresh mint in a food processor with a splash of water, or roughly chop it with a knife. Muddling the mint in each individual glass would be a giant pain in the butt.
  • Sub in 1/4 cup limeade instead of fresh lime juice and honey simple syrup.
  • Premix and freeze the lime/syrup combo in small souper cubes so everything is ready to go when the cravings strike.
  • If you want to make this mojito mocktail an &ldquoadult&rdquo drink, add 2 oz white rum when you add the sparkling water.

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