Mojito Recipe ~ The Perfect Summer Cocktail!

mojitos on a patio table

This mojito recipe is great to enjoy on a warm summer day!  So refreshing with the fresh mint and lime, mojitos are the perfect summer cocktail!!! They’re great to make and enjoy on the pontoon!

Hailing as a working class man’s drink from Cuba, this rum drink has been around since at least the 1500’s!!!  Wowza!  Those folks sure knew how to mix a good drink way back then!!!

As good as mojitos are, they’re all the better when shared with family and good friends!  This mojito recipe is for one serving, but can easily be adjusted to make a whole pitcher to share!!!

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Ingredients in this mojito recipe…

This highball cocktail is easy to make with just 5 ingredients!

White rum is the alcohol base for this mojito recipe. 

bottle of barcardi rum

You can purchase fresh mint leaves in the fresh product section of most grocery stores.  But I purchase entire mint plants from the greenhouse as soon as they’re stocked in the spring.  This way I always have the mint on hand to make this mojito recipe anytime I want!! 

I’ve yet to plant mint in the ground, but I’ve heard it grows like a weed.  I just keep my mint plants in containers, and with minimal care they grow and produce all summer long!

spearmint plant

Sweet mint, spearmint, strawberry mint…there are lots of different mint plants out there.  Any of these make a great mojito!

Along with fresh mint, you’ll need fresh limes to make a great mojito!!  Limes are so citrusy tart and refreshing!!!    

three limes knife juicer and cutting board

The last two ingredients you’ll need for this mojito recipe are fine sugar (sometimes called “bar sugar”) and club soda. 

You can substitute lemon-lime soda, like 7-up or Sprite, for club soda but if you do use less sugar!  You can also use regular white sugar in a pinch, but it takes longer to dissolve than fine bar sugar will.

Oh…and you’ll need ice so I guess there are really 6 ingredients, lol!!!  Don’t forget, ice makes the drink!

ice cubes and mint leaves

How to make this mojito recipe…

Start out by place 10 fresh mint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass.  Cut the lime into 4 wedges and place one wedge at the bottom of the glass also.

I like to add fresh lime juice into the mixture also, can’t have too much lime!!!

If you don’t already have a muddler in your toolbox of bar accessories, you should really consider purchasing one!  This handy dandy little tool perfectly crushes and releases the flavors of ingredients when mixing cocktails. 

If you don’t have a muddler, you can also use the back side of a sturdy spoon.  But a muddler works better!!!

Generously muddle the mint leaves and lime wedge to release the oils and lime juice! 

Add the sugar and 2 more lime wedges and muddle again to release more lime juice and mix in the sugar.  Don’t strain!  Leave all that minty limey wonderfulness at the bottom of your glass!!

Fill the glass almost to the top with ice.  The ice will settle quickly, so don’t be afraid to fill ‘er up!!! 

Pour 1 ½ ounces white rum over the ice and the muddled mint, lime, and sugar mixture.  Then fill the glass with club soda.  Give the drink a stir to mix it all together.  You can add a bit more sugar if you’d like, this should be a sweet drink and not make you pucker from the tart lime. 

Garnish with the remaining lime wedge!

So mix up one, or mix up a pitcher. These mojitos are so good, you’ll want to share them with your friends and family! They’re the perfect summer cocktail!


Mojitos with the girls at the lake. Paddle board swim up bar day!!!
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This mojito recipe is just what you’ll need to relax on a warm summer day!  So refreshing with the fresh mint and lime, mojitos are the perfect summer cocktail!!!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: adult beverage, cocktail, highball cocktail, lime and mint cocktail, mojito
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 222kcal

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  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 ½ fluid ounces white rum
  • ½ cup club soda


  • Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge on the bottom of a highball glass. Generously muddle to release the oils and juice.
    Add 2 more lime wedges and sugar. Muddle well.
    Fill glass with ice. Pour rum over ice. Fill with club soda. Stir to mix. Garnish with additional lime wedge.

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Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
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