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Bacardi Mojito Recipe | A Taste of Cuba at Home

Our Bacardi Mojito recipe is ideal for summer. You can whip up this Cuban cocktail favorite at home with just five ingredients plus ice.

Classic Mojito from Above

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We adore Cuban cocktails like the Daiquiri, Cuba Libre and Mojito. Especially the Mojito.

We’ve imbibed the popular rum drink in four continents so far but, ironically, not in Cuba. Alas, we have yet to visit the Caribbean island just 330 miles from Miami.

Classic Mojito on Lisbon Street
Since the journey to Cuba is challenging, we crafted and drank this Mojito in Lisbon.

It’s no secret that Cuba is a difficult destination for Americans. Visas are next to impossible to secure and travel restrictions abound between the two countries.

Hopefully we’ll get to Cuba one day. Until then, we can scratch our cocktail itch by drinking Mojitos at home and at bars around the world.

What’s a Mojito?

Classic Mojito Ingredients
A classic Mojito is easy to craft at home with just five ingredients – white rum, granulated sugar, lime, fresh mint and club soda.

According to Merriam-Webster, a Mojito is “a cocktail made of rum, sugar, mint, lime juice, and soda water.”

Simply put, drinking a Mojito is like drinking a tropical island in a glass. The rum cocktail is an ideal summer sipper with a bright flavor that can be as sweet or tart as you want it to be.

History of the Mojito

Classic Mojito with in Highball Metal Straw
Cheers to Cuba, the Mojito’s homeland.

Like many iconic cocktails, the Mojito’s fuzzy history spans the centuries starting with Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century.

Legend has it that Drake discovered the Mojito while docked in Havana and quickly embraced the Cuban drink’s ‘medicinal’ benefits. The famous pirate may not have invented the Mojito but gets credit for globalizing a version called El Draque.

Who Actually Invented the Mojito?

Was it indigenous South Americans who created the concoction for curative purposes or was it African slaves who had easy access to all of the ingredients including cane sugar? Nobody knows the definitive origin – hence the fuzziness.

Classic Mojito with View of Lisbon
Summer time is the right time to drink a Mojito.

Fast forward to the 20th century and the facts become clearer. We know that Ernest Hemingway drank Mojitos at Havana’s La Boguedito del Medi when he wasn’t drinking Daiquiris at Havana’s El Floridita.

We also know that James Bond drank a Mojito in Die Another Day, bringing the cocktail into the 21st century and harkening the age-old question. Shaken or stirred?

Today, the Mojito is an ubiquitous cocktail found at dive bars and cocktail lounges around the world. It’s also a cocktail that’s both easy and fun to make at home.

How to Make a Mojito at Home

Mojito Mise en Place
Other than fresh mint, we typically have all necessary ingredients to craft a Mojito at home.

Although Mojito ingredients can be counted on one hand, the ways to make it are seemingly limitless. Each Mojito recipe involves its own twist and ours is no exception.

Since we didn’t craft cocktails while we were nomadic, we forgot the recipe we used back in Philadelphia. To remedy the situation, we sampled various Mojito recipes but none tasted as good as our memories. After trial and error, we finally recreated our version of the ultimate Mojito recipe.

Muddling Mojiton in a Cocktail Shaker
Muddling is the most important step when crafting a Mojito from scratch. We recommend muddling your Mojito ingredients in the bottom of a bar shaker.

We like to use fresh lime wedges instead of lime juice to achieve full flavor in our Mojitos. We also like to aggressively muddle the lime, fresh mint leaves and sugar before adding rum.

Some recipes call for gentle muddling but we find that it pays to be aggresive in our recipe. The Mojito is a rustic island drink that calls for a full infusion of flavors. To us, there’s nothing wrong with bits of mint pulp or lime zest floating in a sugary sea of rum and club soda.

Pro Tip

Skip simple syrup. The best Mojito recipes (including ours) use granulated sugar. The abrasion of the sandy sugar against the mint and lime makes for fully-realized Mojito flavors.

The most classic Mojito features Havana Club rum from Cuba. We crafted our Mojitos with a bottle of Bacardi Carte Blanca superior rum that we purchased for €15 at our local Lisbon liquor store. Any white rum will work in our recipe.

Pouring Bacardi Rum into a Mojito
We used white Bacardi rum to craft this Mojito pitcher.

Beyond the cocktail’s five essential ingredients (white rum, lime, sugar, fresh mint and club soda), you’ll need basic bar tools to make a Mojito. Specifically, you’ll need a muddler, jigger, bar spoon, shaker and highball glasses.

We like our mojitos shaken and unstrained. In our recipe, we muddle the mint, sugar and lime at the bottom of a shaker, add ice and pour the mixture, without straining (with the ice), into a highball glass. We then pour club soda to the rim of the glass as a finishing touch.

Pro Tip

You may want a pitcher if you plan to serve Mojitos at a party or small gathering of friends. However, we recommend muddling your Mojito in a cocktail shaker. The shaker’s narrow bottom creates maximum agitation during muddling.

Mojito Recipe Variations

Bacardi Mojito in Glass Pitcher
It took us a few tries to perfect our tasty Bacardi Mojito recipe for the home mixologist.

Once you master the basic Mojito drink recipe, you can have fun mixing it up (pun intended) beyond the drink’s five ingredients. Options include adding various liquors, fruits and sweeteners.

Back in Philadelphia, we often muddled peaches into what we affectionately called a ‘Mindyljito’ based on our Hollywood gossip name Mindyl. Other times we added mango or strawberries depending on what fruit was in season and in our refrigerator.

Mojito Pitcher with Guacamole and Chips
Mojitos pair well with guacamole and chips.

If you don’t have rum at home, you can use gin to create a South Side Fizz. Or you can add vodka or tequila instead. It’s your Mojito. Anything goes.

As for us, this is our preferred Mojito recipe.

Muddling Mojito in a Glass Pitcher.jpg

Mojito

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Mojito tastes like the tropics but with a cool summer breeze. Follow our recipe and make one at home in just five minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Bacardi white rum (2 jiggers)
  • 1 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 lime, washed and cut into 4 wedges
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, torn in half
  • club soda
  • ice cubes, small cubes or crushed
  • mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

    1. Place lime wedges, mint leaves and sugar into a cocktail shaker and muddle agressively until ingredients are well incorporated.
    2. Add rum and enough ice to fill the shaker.
    3. Shake vigorously until the shaker is cold.
    4. Pour the unstrained mixture, including ice, into a glass and top with club soda.
    5. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Notes

  • You can replace the club soda with seltzer or sparkling water.
  • Get creative with seasonal fruit. Options include peaches, strawberries, mangos, blueberries and watermelon.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

Nutrition Disclosure: We used an online calculator to calculate this information. Though 2foodtrippers.com has attempted to secure accurate data, these nutritional figures are estimates.

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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