A classic mojito recipe is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail. It’s an easy 5-ingredient recipe that features a mouthwatering blast of fresh squeezed limes and mint, balanced with rum, soda and sugar.

I love a great margarita as much as (okay, maybe more than) the next girl, but a fresh minty mojito can really hit the spot. The key to a memorable mojito cocktail is the combination of sweetness, acidity and fragrance. We’re proud that we’ve created such a great balanced recipe, and we are excited to share it today!

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If you’ve never had a refreshing mojito, wow are you in for a treat! This classic, vibrant cocktail is as refreshing as it gets.

Mojitos are a Cuban cocktail that have been embraced the world over because of their refreshing, tangy flavor. It’s often said that Hemingway made it famous, but most historians believe that it was a part of Cuban culture long before he visited.

I fell in love with this classic cocktail when vacationing in Mexico years ago and haven’t been able to get enough of it ever since! This mojito recipe is where it all started. It’s a classic, made with white rum, lime, mint, simple syrup or cubed sugar.

A glass of mojito with lime slices, ice cubes, and fresh mint leaves, garnished with a lime wedge and mint sprig on a white background.


  • Rum – Rum is the foundation for this amazing cocktail. The best rum for mojitos is generally white rum – you’ll often see it referred to as silver rum, blanco rum or light rum.
  • Mint – Fresh mint adds a lot of flavor. When muddled, the oils release both flavor and fragrance. A sprig also makes a beautiful garnish.
  • Lime – When lime juice blends with mint – magic happens! While you can use bottled lime juice, I promise that fresh-squeezed flavor is worth the extra step!
  • Soda Water – Sparkling water adds a few bubbles to this cocktail. Club soda is my soda water of choice here.
  • Mojito Syrup or Sugar – This essential ingredient sweetens the cocktail. Whether you choose to muddle your lime and mint with a couple cubes of sugar or blend it with Simple Syrup you’ll love this easy cocktail. Should you choose to use sugar cubes or granulated sugar, muddle it with mint and lime to help it dissolve.

Test Kitchen Tips

If you don’t have a muddler, that’s okay! You don’t need a special bar tool for muddling the mint. Instead of a true muddler, try using the end of a wooden spoon! It will work just as well, although it might take a little more work on your part.

Make more! Use the 1x2x3x option in the recipe card to multiply ingredients and do the math for you.

A clear glass with crushed mint leaves for a mojito recipe, with a wooden pestle resting beside it on a marble surface.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of rum is used for mojitos?

The best rum for mojitos is white rum – you’ll often see it referred to as silver rum, blanco rum or light rum. Of course, Cuban rum is a fun addition – you can often buy Havana Club rum (now made in Puerto Rico).

What mint is used for mojitos?

In general, spearmint is a favorite. Any mint will work, but your local garden center will often carry a variety called “mojito mint” too, which is so much fun!

Can I use vodka instead of rum in a mojito?

Yes, you can! You can use tequila, too! Get our classic Vodka Mojito recipe.

A refreshing mojito cocktail recipe with lime slices and mint leaves, served in a tall glass with ice, against a white backdrop.
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Classic Mojito Recipe

Our classic mojito recipe made with lime, sugar, white rum, fresh mint and topped off with club soda for the ultimate cocktail! We've got the perfect ratio for the best balance of acidity, sweetness and fragrance.
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Servings: 1
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  • 5 mint leaves more for garnish
  • ½ lime quartered (+ a slice for garnish)
  • ice filled to the brim
  • ounces white rum
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • ½ cup club soda or to taste


  • Start with a mojito glass.
  • Muddle lime and mint.
    ½ lime, 5 mint leaves
    A wooden muddler pressing lime slices and mint leaves for a mojito recipe in a clear glass on a white marble background.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
    A tall glass of iced mojito with lime slices and mint leaves, set on a marble surface against a bright white background.
  • Pour rum over ice.
    1½ ounces white rum
    Pouring a mojito from a golden tin into a glass with ice cubes and lime slices on a marble countertop.
  • Add simple syrup.
    2 tablespoons simple syrup
    Pouring syrup from a bottle with a golden spigot into a tall glass filled with ice cubes and lime slices on a marble surface, crafting the perfect mojito.
  • Top off with club soda.
    ½ cup club soda
  • Stir and garnish with lime slice and/or mint sprigs.

Julie’s Tips

If you don’t have a taditional muddler, that’s okay! Instead of a classic mojito muddler, try using the end of a wooden spoon.
Play with the ingredients until you get it exactly as you like it! Try using more or less lime or syrup, etc. 
Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.9mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.


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