Everyone loves a Classic Mojito. The refreshing and cool mint flavor, mixed with fresh lime juice and agave nectar makes a lively combination.
I’ve had so many Mojitos at restaurants and resorts that are watered down and/or not properly balanced in flavor. They can be so terrible that you start thinking that’s how they’re supposed to be, but I can assure you it’s not.
How to Make a Classic Mojito
Making a classic mojito is very easy and it’s fool proof if you follow this recipe. All you need is mint leaves, lime wedges, agave syrup and club soda.
You put the lime wedges and lime leaves into a tall glass and muddle it together. You should try to use an actual muddler to do the job because it has little spikes on the bottom of the flat surface that helps squeeze the juice from the limes without needing to crush anything. i prefer one that’s made in one solid piece so it’s easier to clean, like this one.
As I mentioned, you don’t want to push too hard on the lime and mint when you’re muddling it, or the bitter flavors will come out.
When the muddling is done, add the agave syrup and rum and stir it all together. Add lots of ice to fill the glass, then pour the club soda over the top until filled to the top. Give it one last quick stir and your cocktail is ready.
What Brand of Rum to Use
I don’t think you need to use the best rum in your collection for this cocktail. I typically use Bacardi because it’s easy to find and at a good price point. Just make sure you’re using white rum, not aged rum. There is a huge difference in flavor. Aged rum is not right for this cocktail.
Agave Syrup vs Simple Syrup vs White Sugar
One of the most important ingredients in a classic Mojito is sugar. The sugar offsets the sour in the lime and makes the drink sweet and delicious. So the question is, which form of sugar should you use?
When I was in Cuba being served Mojitos in bars and restaurants, they always made them with a tbsp of white granulated sugar. Then they would muddle the sugar into the lime and mint. It was good but it left the gritty sugar granules in the glass. That wasn’t my favorite way to drink it.
I think a simple syrup is great in this recipe too, but it’s not as quick and easy as I want it to be. That’s why I’ve settled on Agave Syrup. it’s made from the agave plant and is a good organic alternative to refined sugar. It falls somewhere between simple syrup and honey in consistency. It’s super easy to use in this recipe.
The best part about a mojito (besides how yummy it is) is that the variations are endless. You can make it with just about any fruit or berry. So adjust it as your taste buds demand. I really like raspberry, blackberry and strawberry. These are perfect for summer when you have an abundance of berries.
During the fall or winter, try grapefruit, kiwi, or blood orange.
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- 1/2 Lime cut into wedges
- 2-3 tsp Agave Syrup start with 2, increase to suit your tastes
- 8 Fresh mint leaves
- 2 oz White Rum
- 2 oz Club Soda
- Put the lime wedges and mint leaves into a tall glass and muddle them, lightly.
- Fill the glass with ice. Add the agave syrup and rum and stir it all together. Pour the club soda over the top until filled to the top. Give it one last quick stir and your cocktail is ready to drink.