Mojito is associated with Havana’s postcard-perfect beaches, making it the ultimate cocktail. The sweet hit of sugar, the subtle splash of citrus, the rich kick of rum, and the herbaceous aroma of mint combine to deliver summer in a glass.
The popular cocktail is traditionally made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, mint, and soda water. Lime juice is added to sugar and mint leaves, then muddled, bruising the mint leaves just enough to release the oils. Rum is added, and the mixture is stirred until the sugar dissolves. Crushed ice and soda water top the drink off, with mint leaves and lime wedges as the garnish.
It’s easy to change the base flavour of this drink by taking out the mint and leaning into the fruitier elements – a fruit liqueur or flavoured soda will do the trick. You can swap out the spirit to push it in a new direction.
Make a close Mexican relative of the Mojito by trading the rum for tequila, or use a non-alcoholic spirit to create an authentic-tasting mocktail. A non-alcoholic mojito is sometimes called a Nojito or a Fauxito. A mojito that uses coconut-flavored rum is called a Cojito. Popular variations on the mojito include using icing sugar, lemon juice instead of lime, or adding bitters to cut the sweetness of the drink.