Cuban Mojito

Cuban Mojito

This Cuban mojito recipe is the perfect way to kick off the summertime. This delicious cocktail is the ultimate refresher, made with rum, mint, lime, sugar, and club soda.

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With the weather finally warming up, I figured there was no better time to finally introduce my favorite Cuban mojito recipe. Made with Cuban rum, sugar, fresh lime, and mint leaves, this delicious mojito Cubano will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a sandy beach somewhere way more tropical than your kitchen. 

When it comes to making mojitos, using quality mojito ingredients is essential. This means opting for fresh limes instead of store-bought lime juice, steering clear of dried mint at all costs, and saying ‘yes’ to a decent quality Cuban rum (Havana Club mojito, please!) over the rail version. This rum cocktail tastes absolutely divine when made right and is pleasantly easy to make. 

If you’re looking for a quick way to impress your friends and family at your next cookout, Cuban mojitos are the way to go. It might not be summer just yet, but these refreshing cocktails sure make it feel like the summertime. Be careful—it’s impossible to have just one of these bad boys! 

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Mojito Ingredients

Let’s talk about the key mojito ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. 

  • White Rum: While spiced rum is typically my rum of choice, it overpowers the light and refreshing flavors of lime and mint, so white rum is necessary. For an authentic Cuban mojito, use a Cuban rum like Havana Club.
  • Sugar Cane: You’ve got to use sugar cane as your sweetener for an authentic mojito. Bonus points if you can find sugar cane sticks to use as garnish. Use a quality granulated sugar you can find locally.
  • Lime Juice: This adds a fantastic brightness and a tangy flavor that enhances the cocktail. Always opt for fresh lime juice if you can, but you can use the store-bought kind in a pinch. 
  • Fresh Mint: This is the star of the show—it’s not a mojito without mint! Make sure you have enough to muddle some mint for mojitos infused with flavor and then extra to use as garnish.
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How to Make Cuban Mojitos

Ready to learn how to make mojitos like a pro? Follow the simple steps below and check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for full measurements.

Step 1: Muddle

Add the mint leaves, sugar, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Then, muddle together.  

Step 2: Shake

Add ice and rum. Shake in a shaker, then pour evenly into each glass.

Step 3: Garnish and Enjoy

Top off with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig. Drink up!

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Best Mojito Variations

If you’re looking to switch up the flavor profile of your mojito, you’re in luck. There are plenty of tasty ways to do just that! This cocktail is incredibly versatile, so you can easily customize it to suit your preferences and use what you have at home. To help get you started, here are some of the best mojito variations to try at home:

  • Add cucumbers for an ultra-refreshing and hydrating cocktail.
  • Mix or muddle in some jalapeno slices if you like your drinks with a kick.
  • For an extra-tropical beverage, try adding a splash of coconut cream or switching out the plain rum for coconut rum.
  • Toss your cocktail in a blender with some extra ice for a frozen mojito slushy you won’t be able to get enough of. 
  • Have some extra fruit at home? Chop it up and toss it in! Some great fruits to add to mojitos include pineapples, blackberries, strawberries, and watermelon. 
  • Another great way to make a fruity mojito is by adding a fruit puree like passionfruit or mango puree.
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What to Serve With Cuban Mojitos

When I’m serving mojitos, I’m typically looking for a summer-inspired or tropical-themed meal to go along with them. Think of the food you would serve at a backyard barbecue with your neighbors or a dinner party with friends where everyone hangs out on the patio afterward for cocktails. That’s what I’m talking about!

Not sure what to serve with mojitos? Here are some of my favorite dishes to pair with this refreshing Cuban mojito recipe:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about this Cuban mojito recipe:

What is a mojito?

The mojito is an iconic rum-based cocktail that originated in Cuba and spread around the world. It’s made with white rum, lime juice, mint, sugar, and club soda. Because of its bright and refreshing flavor profile, the mojito is often regarded as a summertime drink, commonly associated with beaches and tropical weather. 

What is the difference between a mojito and a Cuban mojito?

The key difference between a mojito and a Cuban mojito is that a Cuban mojito is specifically made with Cuban rum. You can use any brand, but it’s got to be Cuban. Some great options include Havana Club and Santiago de Cuba.

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What is the best rum for a mojito?

When you’re making mojitos, you have to use white rum. As an avid dark rum lover myself, this was a tough pill to swallow at first. However, dark rum is too strong in flavor and overpowers the delicate mojito ingredients like fresh mint and lime. To create a well-balanced mojito Cubana, use a quality Cuban white rum. 

Can I use mojito mix instead?

Sure! If you find mojito mix at the store and want to try it out, go for it. Keep in mind the bottled stuff is never as tasty as making it from scratch with fresh ingredients, but it’s nice when you’re pinched for time. If you’ve never made a true Cuban mojito, I highly recommend trying out the real thing first. 

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There’s nothing better than cooling down with a refreshing Cuban mojito as the weather starts to heat up. This cocktail is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Whether hosting a party or just relaxing on the porch, whip up a batch of mojitos and enjoy! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. If you do, be sure to leave me a 5-star rating below. Salud!

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Cuban Mojito

Kenneth Temple
This Cuban mojito recipe is the perfect way to kick off the summertime. This delicious cocktail is the ultimate refresher, made with rum, mint, lime, sugar, and club soda.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 4 persons
Calories 84 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 20 mint leaves 1 oz., plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • ice cubes
  • 4 oz. white rum
  • Club soda

Instructions
 

  • Add the mint leaves, sugar, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Then, muddle together. Add ice and rum. Shake in a shaker then pour into glass top off with club soda and garnish with mint sprig.

Notes

Best Mojito Variations
If you’re looking to switch up the flavor profile of your mojito, you’re in luck.
  • Add cucumbers for an ultra-refreshing and hydrating cocktail.
  • Mix or muddle in some jalapeno slices if you like your drinks with a kick.
  • For an extra-tropical beverage, try adding a splash of coconut cream or switching out the plain rum for coconut rum.
  • Toss your cocktail in a blender with some extra ice for a frozen mojito slushy you won’t be able to get enough of.
  • Have some extra fruit at home? Chop it up and toss it in! Some great fruits to add to mojitos include pineapples, blackberries, strawberries, and watermelon.
  • Another great way to make a fruity mojito is by adding a fruit puree like passionfruit or mango puree.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 219IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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