The Mojito is one of those classic cocktails that’s simply amazing. To make it easy, this is a fabulous Mojito Recipe with Simple Syrup. It’s filled with fresh mint leaves, fresh lime juice and club soda to make the perfect mojito.
The classic Mojito is a famous Caribbean cocktail perfect for sipping on when the temps are hot. It’s refreshing, light and a mix of sweet and sour. And it’s perfect for any occasion!
Serve these up for happy hour, brunch or special celebrations such as Mother’s Day or Girls Night In.
You can make the perfect Mojito with simple syrup right at home where it’s not too tart or too sweet. The beauty of making your own, is you can make it exactly how you like it.
Why Make a Mojito Recipe with Simple Syrup?
The classic mojito recipe calls for actual sugar cane or even white sugar, but it takes a too much time for the sugar to actually dissolve! In fact, even using superfine sugar still takes too much time dissolve.
That’s why we make the best mojito recipe with simple syrup. Tastes just as refreshing on a hot summer day and you can enjoy it faster by not having to waiting for the sugar to integrate into the cocktail.
Why You’ll Love this Mojito Recipe with Simple Syrup
There are often a few shortcuts you can use when making famous cocktails like this classic Mojito cocktail.
- The traditional way to make a good mojito is to use real sugar, but you’ll get the same delicious taste using simple sugar.
- Using simple syrup makes for an easy Mojitos recipe, which means you make them faster.
- If you’re making a pitcher of Mojitos, simple syrup is the way to go!
- Perfect for happy hour, a backyard BBQ or sipping by the pool.
- This Mojito is a refreshing summer drink.
Want more refreshing drinks? Check out this list of our favorite summer cocktails.
What is the Best Rum for Mojitos?
Always use a good white rum, light rum or silver rum.
These rums do not compete with the fresh mint flavors, keeping this Mojito recipe light and refreshing.
I use Bacardi Silver (a rum from Puerto Rico), but if you want to get totally authentic, a traditional Mojito calls for a Cuban rum. Try Havana Club Anejo Blanco.
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History of the Classic Mojito
The most common theory is that the Mojito was invented in Havana, Cuba and it’s rumored it was a favorite cocktail of Ernest Hemingway.
Although, there are several more theories on the invention of this classic cocktail as mentioned in Wikipedia.
- Cocktail Muddler – if you love Mojitos than owning a good muddler is the way to go. This is the wooden muddler I use and love because it has little spikes on the end which makes it easier to release the mint oil from the leaves.
- Tall Glass / Collins Glass
How to Properly Muddle Mint Leaves
There is a specific way to muddle mint leaves to get the best flavor.
First, you really need the proper tools, so grab a muddler. You can use the end of wooden spoon, but it has less surface area and is pointer. A muddler is shaped just right for releasing the oils from the mint leaves.
When muddling mint, add your simple syrup first so there is a little liquid in your glass. Then press down gently on the leaves.
You don’t want to “over muddle” because this will actually create a bitter flavor.
Fresh ingredients are the key to a delicious mint Mojito. These simple ingredients are all you need:
Fresh Mint Sprigs: You’ll use the leaves to create the mint flavor as well as a fresh mint sprig for garnish. Make sure you have plenty of fresh mint on hand.
Simple Sugar: You can use store bought simple syrup (available in most grocery stores) or make your own simple syrup. Here’s the simple syrup I’m using.
Fresh Lime Wedges: Squeezing fresh lime juice gives this Mojito recipe the best flavor. Plus, use a lime wedge or lime wheel for garnish.
Light Rum: Use a good white rum for this recipe.
Club Soda / Tonic: This recipe uses a little more than a splash of soda water. If you love a little extra minty flavor like I do, use a Mint Tonic Water.
How to Make a Mojito Recipe with Simple Syrup
STEP 1: Add 5-7 mint leaves to the bottom of the glass.
STEP 2: Add plain Simple Sugar.
STEP 3: Muddle mint leaves and the simple sugar together for approximately 1 minute. This will release the mint oil from the leaves (see above for the proper muddling technique).
TIP: If you don’t have a Muddler, you can use the handle of a wooden spoon in a pinch. This will take a little longer because it’s smaller than using a good Muddler.
STEP 4: Add Light Rum and freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir.
STEP 5: Fill your cocktail glass with ice cubes.
STEP 6: (Optional) Slide 2-3 lime wheels or small lime slices down the side of the glass, letting the ice hold them in place.
STEP 7: Top with club soda or a lime tonic.
STEP 8: Garnish with a sprig of mint and lime wheel.
Here are a few variation for a Mojito Recipe with Simple Syrup:
- For a sweeter and more robust flavor, some people enjoy using maple syrup instead of plain simple syrup.
- You can also make a mint syrup by boiling a cup of water, sugar and mint leaves in a small sauce pan. Here’s an easy mint syrup recipe you can follow.
- If you don’t want to squeeze fresh limes, use Simply Limeade. It’s actually quite good!
- Although it isn’t traditional, if someone in your group doesn’t like rum, you can substitute it with a good vodka.
Can I Make These Drinks Ahead of Time?
I wouldn’t really suggest making these ahead of time. The mint leaves will start wilting and the bubbly tonic will go flat. It’s best to make when you’re ready to serve.
For the ultimate summer cocktail, this Mojito recipe with simple syrup is refreshing and delicious. Perfect a warm summer evening, serve up this classic Mojito during the summer months to cool off with a fresh cocktail.
- 5-7 Mint Leaves
- 1.5 ounces Simple Sugar
- 2 ounces Light Rum
- 2 ounces Lime Juice (2-3 fresh squeezed limes)
- 2 ounces Lime Flavored Tonic Water
- Mint Sprig for garnish
- Lime Wheels for garnish
- Add 5-7 mint leaves to the bottom of the glass.
- Add plain Simple Sugar.
- Muddle mint leaves and the simple sugar together for approximately 1 minute. This will release the mint oil from the leaves.
- Add Light Rum and freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir.
- Fill your cocktail glass with ice cubes.
- (Optional) Slide 2-3 lime wheels or small lime slices down the side of the glass, letting the ice hold them in place.
- Top with club soda or a lime tonic.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and lime wheel.
See recipe post for tips, variations and substitutions. Drink Responsibly.