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Fresh mojito cocktails

(Cuban rum, lime and mint cocktail)

Average: 3.7 (15 votes)

This mojito is Cuba's answer to the mint julep — perfect on a hot summer day. Mojitos have been around since at least the mid-1800s. They were reputedly one of Hemingway's favorite drinks. According to a quote attributed to him, those at "La Bodeguita" bar in Havana were the best.

Makes 1 pitcher, or around 6 cocktails


  • Sugar -- 1 cup
  • Water -- 1 cup
  • Mint, stems removed from half -- 1 bunch
  • Limes, juice only -- 6 to 8
  • Rum, light or dark -- 1/2 of a 750-ml bottle
  • Club soda -- 1 liter


  1. Add the sugar, water and destemmed mint to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved completely. Set aside to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard the mint leaves and strain the syrup into a pitcher. Add the lime juice and as much rum as you like. Chill well.
  3. Just before serving, stir in the club soda. Serve immediately over ice in cocktail glasses. Garnish with the remaining mint sprigs.

Mojito Variations

  • To make individual portions: Eliminate the mint from the simple syrup and instead lightly crush some mint leaves in each glass. Add crushed ice, juice of one lime, 2 ounces of simple syrup and 2 to 3 ounces of rum. Top off with a splash or more of club soda, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge and a fresh sprig of mint.


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