Get your rum, mint, and soda ready — it’s National Mojito Day! Today is the day when not only is it acceptable to have a few mojitos, but you should, in order to celebrate the holiday right. So choose one (or five) of your favorite mojito recipes, and get your bar tray ready!
But first — a little on the ever-popular mojito. Like most cocktails, the full history of this refreshing drink isn’t totally clear. (Maybe the historians had a few too many mojitos.) But we do know some things. For starters, mojitos likely originated in Havana, Cuba, where Ernest Hemingway gave praise for his mojito recipe of choice.
More recently, mojitos starred on the silver screen. The 2002 James Bond film, Die Another Day, featured mojitos during a particularly flirtatious beach scene.
Now, the cocktail remains popular for summer fun, backyard celebrations, and beach days. Here are the five best mojito recipes to celebrate National Mojito Day, plus a mojito-inspired treat!
The Class Mojito Recipe
You can’t celebrate National Mojito Day without the classic mojito recipe. This refreshing Cuban cocktail is perfect anytime, anywhere.
To make a classic mojito cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 5 to 2 oz. light rum (invest in some good rum that you can drink straight!)
- Juice from 1 lime (or 1 oz. bottled)
- .75 oz. simple syrup
- 5 to 6 mint leaves
- Soda water
- Mint sprig or lime wedge
To prepare your classic mojito:
- Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a chilled highball glass.
- Add simple syrup, lime juice, and rum.
- Fill the glass with soda water, and stir.
- Garnish with mint sprig or lime wedge (or both!).
Pineapple Mint Mojito Recipe
If you love pineapples (and who doesn’t?), this pineapple mint mojito is for you. Make one for you and a friend, and take it to the beach.
To make a pineapple mint mojito, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 oz. pineapple rum
- .5 oz. pineapple juice
- 4 lime wedges
- 12 pineapple mint leaves
- .25 oz. simple syrup
- Pineapple wedge for garnish
To prepare your pineapple mint mojito:
- Muddle lime, pineapple mint leaves, and simple syrup in a sugar-rimmed Collins glass.
- Fill with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, shake rum and pineapple juice with ice, and strain into glass.
- Top with a splash of club soda.
- Garnish with pineapple wedge.
Strawberry Mojito Recipe
Are you a fruit lover who prefers strawberries over pineapple? Then this mojito recipe will be right up your alley. It’s a little more fruit-forward. And the strawberry flavors balance out the citrus perfectly.
To make a strawberry mojito, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 6 fresh strawberries
- 3 lime wedges
- .5 oz. Crème de Fraise des Bois
- 2 oz. rum
- Splash of soda water
- Mint sprigs or strawberry for garnish
To prepare your strawberry mojito:
- Muddle strawberries, mint, lime, and Crème de Fraise des Bois in the bottom of a chilled highball glass.
- Add rum, and fill the glass with soda water. Stir.
- Garnish with mint sprig or strawberry (or both!).
Mojito Diablo Recipe
If you love tequila, you’ll love the mojito diablo. This unique profile sets this mojito diablo apart from the rest, with its notes of agave and blackcurrant. It’s a must-taste!
To make a mojito diablo, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 5 oz. white tequila
- .5 oz. creme de cassis
- 1 T. brown sugar
- 2 lime wedges
- 12 leaves fresh mint
- Soda water
To prepare your mojito diablo:
- Muddle sugar, mint, and lime juice from lime wedges into a cocktail shaker. (You’ll know to stop when the mixture smells like spearmint gum.)
- Fill the shaker with ice.
- Add tequila and creme de cassis.
- Shake until the shaker is icy to the touch on the outside.
- Pour into Collins glass.
- Top with soda water.
- Garnish with mint leaves.
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Mojito Nihongo Recipe
This is another twist on the classic mojito. It substitutes sweet sake for the rum, Japanese shiso leaves for the mint, and Sprite for the soda water.
To make a mojito Nihongo, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 squeezed lime
- .5 t. brown sugar
- 3 fresh shiso leaves
- 5 oz. sweet sake rice wine
- 1 shiso leaf for garnish
To prepare your mojito Nihongo recipe:
- In order, add lime juice, brown sugar, and 3 shiso leaves into a chilled Collins glass.
- Muddle until well-mixed and aromatic.
- Add ice.
- Pour sake over ice.
- Top with a splash of Sprite.
- Garnish with a whole shiso leaf.
A Non-Cocktail Mojito Treat
Looking for another way to celebrate National Mojito Day, either instead of or after your delicious cocktails? Here is a mojito dessert recipe that is perfect for all kinds of celebrations.
No-Churn Mojito Ice Cream is easy to make and perfect for backyard barbecues or summer nights. Bonus — you don’t even need an ice cream maker!
To make no-churn mojito ice cream, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups canned condensed milk
- 2 cups double cream
- ⅔ cup white rum
- 4 limes
- Generous handful of fresh mint leaves (about 15 grams)
To prepare your no-churn mojito ice cream:
- Put the condensed milk and double cream into a large bowl.
- Whip until it forms stiff peaks (this is easier to do with an electric mixer).
- Grate the zest and squeeze the juice from the limes.
- Finely chop the mint leaves.
- To the bowl of condensed milk and double cream, add the white rum and lime juice, two tablespoons at a time. Make sure each addition is fully combined before adding more.
- Add the lime zest and chopped mint. Stir to combine.
- Put into a freezer-proof container and freeze until the mixture is firm (roughly 2 hours).
Celebrate National Mojito Day With Your Favorite Mojito Recipe
There’s no one right way to celebrate National Mojito Day. You could host a gathering, cozy up on the couch, or head to your favorite Cuban restaurant. Just be sure to sip on your favorite mojito concoction! Or opt for the mojito ice cream if you prefer. Either way, you deserve a mojito treat.
How are you going to celebrate National Mojito Day this year?
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