Mojito Recipe: from Havana to Your Home Bar

original Mojito recipe

Among the myriad of cocktails I’ve explored, the Mojito is something very special. It’s not just a drink; it’s a concoction of memories, a symphony of flavors that leave an indelible mark on the soul. This Cuban cocktail which has gained popularity worldwide is a type of Whiskey Highball.

A perfect mojoto recipe

What sets this drink apart is its ability to strike a perfect balance. The white rum provides a subtle kick, the lime juice adds a zesty brightness, and the simple syrup sweetens the deal. Yet, it’s the mint that steals the show, infusing the cocktail with a fragrant and herbal essence that transports me to a Caribbean breeze.

This is how to make the classic Mojito at home:

Classic Mojito

A favorite choice, especially in warm weather.
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 1
Calories 149 kcal


  • 2 oz white rum e.g., Bacardi or Havana club
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • Soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedges and mint sprigs for garnish


  • In a glass, muddle the mint leaves and sugar together to release the mint’s flavor.
  • Add fresh lime juice to the glass and continue to muddle, dissolving the sugar.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in the white rum and stir the mixture well.
  • Top off the glass with soda water.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.


You can make a little twist by replacing white rum with other alcoholic drinks, such as dark rum, gin, vodka, tequila, or whisky.
Keyword alcohol, citrus, cocktail

Mojito variations

From the classic recipe that never fails to please to the myriad variations that are waiting for me to explore. Whether it’s the exotic allure of a Espresso Mojito or the sultry heat of a Spiced version, each variation brings a fresh and unique taste. Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Fruit version: You can experiment with different types of fruits like berries (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, cranberry, strawberry), mango, watermelon, green apple, passionfruit, lychee, lime, orange, lemon, pomegranate, peach, dragon fruit, grapefruit, or pineapple for a fruity twist.
  • Mojito Royale: Replace soda water with champagne or sparkling wine for an elegant touch.
  • Coconut Mojito: For this version. add coconut cream or coconut water for a tropical flavor.
  • Spiced version: Infuse your simple syrup with spices like ginger, cinnamon, or jalapeño for a kick.
A glass of red mojito
The fruity version
  • Virgin Mojito (Nojito): This is the mocktail version of this drink. With this non-alcoholic version, you can skip the rum by doubling up on the lime and mint.
  • Cucumber version: Add slices of cucumber for a refreshing and crisp variation.
  • Frozen Mojito: This is a frosty variation of the classic cocktail. Blending the traditional ingredients with ice creates a slushy, cooling delight.
  • Lavender version: You can infuse the subtle floral notes of lavender by muddling lavender buds with mint leaves to the original recipe.
  • Chocolate Mojito: For those with a sweet tooth, this type of drink is a luscious and indulgent choice. Add the classic mix with a hint of chocolate syrup or cocoa powder, and watch as the familiar flavors take on a delightful twist.

Whether you stick to the classic recipe or venture into creative flavors, this is a versatile drink that adapts to different tastes and occasions. Feel free to create your own recipe.

Johanna Cleveland
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Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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