Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Perfect Mojito

The Perfect Mojito will never go out of style - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Crisp, tart, slightly sweet, and always fragrant, the mojito is a classic cocktail that I never get tired of sipping.

I've been a fan of mojitos for a long time now. I tried my first mojito almost 8 years ago, while on a camping trip with several families. Our friend Tony made the mojitos and I was hooked. (That would be Tony, creator of the crazy delicious Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe.)

While we've tried countless mojito flavors over the years, I always circle back to the classic mojito made with plenty of fresh mint, lime, and rum. I'll tell you my little not-so-secret tip, I add more than a generous splash of club soda to the final glass. The bubbling club soda makes the drink so refreshing and light that it's basically summer in a glass. And since I live in one of the hottest cities in the US? This drink is a favorite pretty much year round.

I'll warn you now that once you start making your own mojitos at home, you won't be nearly as happy with anyone else's. The exception to that is my friend Holly. She makes an absolutely fabulous mojito and I never turn one of hers down. (You can check her recipe out here, our recipes are close to identical. Great mojito-loving minds obviously think alike.)

Classic Mojitos are everyone's favorite cocktail - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Oh! And before I forget, these mojitos are wonderfully refreshing for all ages without any alcohol at all. Every time I mix a pitcher together for friends, someone asks for the recipe. Just skip the alcohol to make them alcohol-free. No other adjustments are required.

If you've ever had a mojito at my house, I likely made the recipe with the lesser amounts of simple syrup and rum. I like to adjust the individual drinks with more or less alcohol and sweetness. That way everyone gets to enjoy their drink exactly the way they love it best.

COOK'S NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup white sugar in a jar and shake until the sugar is dissolved. It should only take a couple minutes. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator until you need it again. The syrup will be much thinner than traditional simple syrup and will mix smoothly into the drinks.

If you aren't a fan of the crushed mint leaves in your drink, simply pour the drinks through a small strainer into each glass. I typically do this anytime I'm serving guests.

The Perfect Mojito
Yield: 2 - 4 servings, depending on size
(printable recipe)

1 cup fresh lime juice, about 9-10 limes worth
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 - 3/4 cup simple syrup (see cook's note above)
3/4 - 1 cup white or light rum
club soda

Combine the mint and the lime juice in a small pitcher. Use a muddler to crush the mint in the lime juice, this should take a minute or two. Add the simple syrup and rum to the pitcher. Fill the pitcher about 2/3 of the way to the top with ice and stir well to mix and chill.

Fill individual glasses halfway with ice, then 2/3 of the way full with the mojito mixture, then top each glass with  club soda. Enjoy!

How To Make The Perfect Mojito - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Here are some more mojitos you might like:
Mango Mojitos by Crazy for Crust
Pineapple Mint Mojitos by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Strawberry Mojito Slushies by The Little Kitchen
Basil Mojitos by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Champagne Mojitos by Foodie Crush
Cherry Limeade Mojitos by The Noshery


  1. You can make me one of these...or more than one...anytime :) I'd love to try your special version that you circle back to. Love that it's classic and simple, but I'm sure perfection in a glass!

  2. Mojitos are my all-time favorite cocktail on the planet. I am SO excited to try your recipe -- it looks and sounds perfect!