Classic Cuban Mojitos are one of our favorite cocktails, and for good reason. They are relatively easy to make for how impressive they turn out to be, they are extremely refreshing and best of all they are ripe for improvisation. Check out our 13 mojito recipes for ideas on how to extend the classic — we bet you’ll be inspired to splurge on mint in no time.
Basically, a Mojito is a simple cocktail of rum, mint, simple syrup and lime. While it’s refreshingly simple, there are a few important things to note: for a mojito, you should use white rum with sweeter, tropical vibes, rather than a dark or spicy version. Second, you really can’t get around it, you should cloud your coin. But don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy bar tool to do it – you can use a wooden spoon, a flat rolling pin, or even a meat tenderizer. The goal is to spill the mint just enough so that the leaves release their natural oils, but not too much that they bruise or break into pieces.
Aside from that, as long as the primary ingredients of the potion are present, you are free to experiment as much as you want! We definitely have, like in our mojitos, 3 ways (pineapple, strawberry and blueberry) or our blackberry mojito (including a virgin version!). We even got creative and turned a mojito into a popsicle, like our strawberry mojito pops or our watermelon mojito pops (made with whole watermelon slices, no popsicle molds needed).
Want more classic summer cocktail inspiration? Also check out our favorite tequila drinks, vodka mixed drinks, and mimosa recipes.