6 Reasons to Drink an Authentic Cuban Mojito This Summer!
This Light & Refreshing Authentic Cuban Mojito Will Quench Your Thirst
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If you’re in the mood for something cool and revitalizing on a scorching summer day, then this authentic Cuban mojito is the drink for you!
There’s nothing like this popular Caribbean drink to cool you down when it’s steamy outside. The citrusy flavor and minty kick complements the white rum. Poured over crushed ice, this drink will have you feeling like you’re on an island vacation.
What’s In An Authentic Cuban Mojito?
Mojitos are highballs usually prepared with a combination of these ingredients:
- white rum,
- sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice),
- lime juice,
- soda water (not tonic water),
- and mint, lots of mint.
And, if you want a reason to grow mint in your herb garden, this is as good as any!
Mojitos use lots of mint.
Each thirst-quenching cocktail uses 10 – 12 mint leaves.
And, you will need a muddler of some kind. (Don’t you just love that word – “muddler”?)
The wooden muddlers are more authentic to the island.
But, you can’t beat the ease and convenience of electronic muddlers.
Either way, muddling is necessary to release the invigorating flavors of the limes and mint leaves and anything else you want to toss in there!
So, muddle away!
Here’s the Original Cuban Mojito recipe for you to enjoy! It only makes one serving. So, of course, you’ll want to duplicate it over and over!
And, below this recipe you’ll find 5 more delicious Mojito variations to try!
Authentic Cuban Mojito Recipe (makes 1 serving)
- 12 or so mint leaves
- 1/2 lime cut into 4 wedges
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 – 2 fluid ounces of white rum
- 1/2 cup club soda (don’t substitute tonic water)
- 1 cup of crushed ice
Instructions: Crush the mint, lime and sugar in the bottom of your glass using a muddler. Then, fill your glass with ice (leaving the mint mixture in the bottom of the glass). Add 1 to 2 ounces of rum (depending on how strong you like it) and 1/2 cup of club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lime. Delish!
Variations of the Traditional Authentic Cuban Mojito Recipe
Well, sometimes we like to change things up a bit. These 5 mojito recipes will bring a dash of creativity into our mojito-making world.
Most of these recipes augment the original recipe by adding fruits such as watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries to the cocktail. One of my favorite mojitos uses coconut rum instead of standard white rum. It’s a tasty change of pace that I really like.
But, these 5 recipes are just a small sample of the many different mojito recipes available to us in our online world!
- Watermelon Mojito Recipe – This refreshing watermelon mojito recipe is a favorite. And, after reading the reviews, many agree it’s good! The recipe makes 4 servings and is a great summer time party drink!
- Strawberry Mojito Recipe – If you have strawberries in your refrigerator, you should try this Strawberry Mojito Recipe.
- Coconut Mojito Recipe – Mojitos with coconut? Yes, please! I’ll have two! The delicious coconut flavor transports you to a Caribbean paradise!
- Raspberry Vodka Mojito Recipe – This raspberry-based recipe is different than the others in that it uses vodka instead of rum. It’s still yummy!
- Minty Pear Mojito Recipe – This unique mojito recipe is made with agave nectar and pears.
I keep wanting to host a Mojito Taste Test soon! Wouldn’t that be a fun excuse for a summertime get-together?! Of course, I’ll update you on the winners!
And, to accompany your mojito, check out my paella salad. Paella is another Cuban dish and this recipe transforms it into a refreshing, delectable cold salad.