The Authentic Cuban Mojito

Mango Mojito

If you like mango, this drink will get you all giddy. The mango pieces should be cut into small pieces for easy muddling. If you want to back off on the mango flavor, use regular rum.

Raspberry Mojito

You may feel like less of a man drinking a raspberry drink, but if you try it once, you will realize it can be addicting. Drink it indoors if you’re embarrassed to gulp it in public.


The Original Cuban Mojito Recipe

The Preparation

This recipe looks complicated; it really is not. I will confess, it is a bit labor intensive though. I use organic cane sugar; just a preference.

The Mojito

For each Mojito, you will need:

1 teaspoon of sugar
1 large sprig of Mojito mint*
1.5 oz. white rum - 80 proof
1/2 fresh lime cut in quarters
Club soda

Place the sugar and mint leaves at the bottom of a tall tumbler. Crush the mint into the sugar using a muddler or the back of a spoon. For a dirty Mojito, muddle well so that the pieces of mint are very small. Squeeze lime quarters into glass; drop the limes into the mix. At this point I mix well, pushing down on the lime with a spoon, extracting more juice and some of the oil in the rind. Add white rum, ice, top off with club soda and stir well. Garnish with fresh sprig of mint if you like; serve immediately.

Serving with a straw provides an even sweeter experience as some of the granulated sugar collects at the bottom of the glass. For a clean Mojito, simply strain the mixture over ice. Each drink contains about 250 calories!

*DO NOT use peppermint or any other flavored mint.

The Mojito Party

This recipe, is in two parts. First you make the mojito base. Then you prepare the mojito itself adding sparkling water and ice to the base. You can make the base in advance for parties or for whenever you want to whip up a mojito. But as is so often the case with things prepared in advance and in bulk, there is a little something that is lost. I have used this recipe and it is very good for large quantities, a pitcher full at a summer party is very nice. But I much prefer mojitos individually mixed. Takes a little more time, but gives a better result.

The Mojito Base:

1 cup of sugar
1 large sprig of Mojito mint*
1 cup fresh lime juice
a bunch of mojito mint
1 bottle (750 ml) 3-year-old rum

Beat the sugar, lime juice and mojito mint with the stems until you get a greenish liquid and the mint is completely chopped. Add the rum and beat for one more minute. This can be kept in the fridge for a week.

To prepare the mojito, fill a tall glass 1/4 full with the base liquid, add 3 ice cubes and then fill the glass with sparkling water. Add a sprig of mint, stir and serve.