Classic Mojito Recipe

The Classic Mojito Recipe should be refreshing, sweet and bright with citrus and layered with a soft, mint flavor.  It’s easy to tip your way to making this too sweet or not sweet enough. If that wasn’t enough to ruin this one-spirit drink, there’s the business of getting the mint just right. It should be fresh and soft, not overpowering and sharp and it definitely should not be floating around in the drink.

The Classic Mojito

There is nothing worse to me than sipping on a cocktail and having a leaf interrupt my sip. Along with that, is having a mojito that should be light and refreshing, come in heavy and sweet like cold syrup.

That said, I took a few pointers and from Punch’s article here.

The Classic Mojito

Who knew bartenders hated making this drinks so much? Maybe that’s why the majority of them taste so bad when ordered out.

Well now you know and now you have the recipe to do it yourself at home.

The Classic Mojito

A few notes to get you started on this Classic Mojito Recipe:

Mixed in a cocktail shaker or the glass?

Make the drink in the collins glass you’ll be drinking it in. It’s easier and no flavors will be lost. All that you muddle will be right there for the mixing.

Shaken or stirred?

Stirred always.

Best type of ice?

I prefer  pebble ice for this drink. I don’t have a pebble ice maker, so I improvise. This means running to my the local AM/PM and buying a few 32oz cups filled with their pebble ice. It’s very unbartender-like, but I’m not a bartender so I don’t have to worry about appearances.

More sips to quench  your thirst:

Mango Cidertini, Blood Orange Margarita,. Honey Berry Tom Collins

The Classic Mojito

Yield: 1 serving

Classic Mojito Recipe

The Classic Mojito
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 ounce Havana Club Rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • club soda, to top
  • Garnish: mint tuft


    Place mint leaves in Collins glass. Muddle the leaves gently to release the oils while taking care not to break down and tear the leaves.

    Pour in the rum, lime juice and simple syrup to the glass. Fill the glass three-quarters of the way with crushed ice. Using a bar spoon, stir contents. Top with club soda and more crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig.

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2 comments to " Classic Mojito Recipe "

  • Love these. The best one I ever had was in Guatemala, of all places. I like that you use simple syrup. I have a friend who makes great mojitos but she muddles the mint with sugar, and it’s hard for me to look at all of that sugar, even though that’s what simple syrup is 🙄

  • Matt, classic mojitos are my fave! This is beautiful!!

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