Classic Mojito Cocktail

Minty and refreshing, a Classic Mojito is a fun summer rum cocktail that appeals to most people.  This recipe makes one cocktail, but there is enough Mojito Syrup to make a pitcher!  

Classic mojito cocktail with lime wedges on a black slate tray

When it’s hot outside and I’m feeling a little lazy, I like serving this cocktail with Mexican Shrimp CevicheToasted Israeli Couscous Salad, and Key Lime Pie Popsicles for a meal that is cool, delicious, and EASY!

What Is A Mojito?

A mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail consisting of white rum, sugar or simple syrup, lime juice, club soda, and mint.  It’s sweet, citrusy, and minty.

Fun Facts About Mojitos

  • The mojito is a descendant of the 16th-century cocktail called the El Draque, named after Sir Francis Drake who visited Havana in 1586.
  • It was originally consumed to treat pain and prevent scurvy.
  • There is some controversy over the meaning of the name, “Mojito”.  Some say that it comes from the Spanish verb ‘mojar’, meaning wet.  Others believe it comes from the African ‘mojo’, meaning ‘little spell’.
  • This classic cocktail first appeared in print in the 1932 edition of ‘The Sloppy Joe Cocktail Manual’
  • Mojitos were a favorite of Ernest Hemingway who indulged at Havana’s La Bodeguita del Medio
  • The authentic Cuban recipe muddles sugar and mint and doesn’t use simple syrup.  When muddled with sugar and mint, the belief is that the lime juice reduces the mint’s bitterness.


Ingredients for a classic mojito cocktail on a driftwood board

Ingredients For A Mojito

For the mojito simple syrup you will need:

  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Limes

For the cocktail:

  • Mojito simple syrup
  • Limes
  • White rum
  • Club soda
  • Ice cubes

How To Make A Mojito

Muddle mint in the bottom of a tall highball glass until it is just bruised and you can smell the mint.

Add the remaining ingredients and fill the glass with ice cubes.

Stir well with a long spoon.

Put your feet up, take a sip, and enjoy.

Two highball glasses of Classic Mojito Cocktails garnished with lime and fresh mint

In the mood for a few more summer libations?  Here are a few suggestions to try:



A classic mojito cocktail is a refreshing and sweet rum drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer’s day.

  • Author: Millie Brinkley
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Category: Starters - Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Cuban



Mojito Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

10 mint leaves

½ lime

For the Mojito:

10 fresh mint leaves

½ lime, cut into 4 wedges

3 tablespoons mojito syrup, or to taste

1 cup ice cubes

1 ½ ounces white rum

½ cup club soda


To make the mojito syrup, add the water, sugar, mint leaves, and half a lime to a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and allow to boil for about 1 minute, stirring constantly to ensure that the sugar has dissolved completely.  Set aside to cool completely.

The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For the cocktail:

In a large cocktail glass, place the mint leaves and a lime wedge.  Use a muddler to bruise the mint and incorporate it with the lime to release the mint oils and the lime juice.

Add two more lime wedges and muddle again to release their juice.

Pour in the simple syrup.

Fill the glass ⅔ full with ice. 

Pour the rum over the ice and top off the glass with the club soda.

Stir and taste for sweetness.


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