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With fresh mint and lime, mojitos are tart, sweet, and super refreshing.

Mojito in a glass with ice, limes, and mint.

Photo by Lauri Patterson

My kids are at sleepaway camp for a few weeks, so there’s not much cooking or food shopping going on chez moi. At night, my poor husband wanders back and forth from the fridge to the pantry, somehow hoping food will miraculously appear. I told him that if he’s hungry, he’s more than welcome to go to the store. As for me, I’m enjoying a break from feeding our little monsters and all their hungry friends. I am, however, making cocktails! These mojitos are tart and sweet, how I like them; feel free to adjust the lime juice and sugar to suit your taste.

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With fresh mint and lime, mojitos are tart, sweet, and super refreshing.

Servings: 1 drink
Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice, from about 2 limes
  • 4 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 12 fresh mint leaves, divided, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup white rum
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a tall (10-ounce) glass, combine the lime juice and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Tear the mint leaves in half and add them to the glass. Using a muddle stick or end of a wooden spoon, gently stir and mash the mint to release the mint oils. Add the rum, crushed ice, and club soda. Stir, then tuck remaining the mint sprigs and lime wedges into the top of glass.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 206
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Sodium: 14 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • I make sugar syrup using 1 part boiling water and 2 parts sugar (2/3 regular sugar and 1/3 sugar in the raw).
    Once dissolved and cooled 1 shot lime juice and 1 shot sugar syrup. On a cruise at a mojito class they suggested rolling the mint leaves on your palms to release the oils.

    • — Derek on August 6, 2023
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  • Delicious and refreshing! I use 3oz liquor to make it a little stronger. Love that I can use regular sugar instead of simple syrup

    • — Nicky on September 24, 2022
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  • I can’t seem to find super fine sugar. I do however have agave. Do you think that will work as a substitute? If yes how much will be needed?

    • Hi Penelope, You can use regular sugar – just be sure it dissolves. Agave will work, too. I’d use just a bit less to taste.

  • I feel embarrassed even asking this but would you be able to show a picture of your glass when your are in the muddling stage? Your finished drink looks so clean and sparkly….mine looked a bit like a train wreck

    • Hi Vikki, No need to be embarrassed! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the drinks at that stage, but I think I’m probably a light muddler and that’s why they look pretty “clean.” I avoid getting the mint too small because it gets caught in my teeth! (Nice visual, right?) 🙂

  • A nice alternative addition to this recipe for those who don’t drink or are going light is to substitute ginger beer for the vodka. It adds a nice twist while removing the alcohol. Those who like it sweeter can add a touch of simple syrup.

    • — Cindy Buchanan
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  • This is my go-to basic mojito recipe because the proportions of ingredients are just right. If I want a flavored mojito I simply swap out the rum (using Bacardi Dragonberry, etc) and a few fresh fruit slices for color.

  • Great basic mojo to recipe. Not having to make simple syrup is such a bonus. Perfectly refreshing.

  • Basic recipe and I love the touch of eliminating the need to make a simple syrup. Sometimes I don’t want to wait and I love the superfine sugars to eliminate that need. This one tasted great to me!

  • I made this drink tonight and love it. It’s easy to make and very refreshing with this heatwave that’s going on outside. It’s a lot easier than making a simple syrup and simplicity is what I was going for this evening. The lime juice and muddled mint add a great flavor to the mojito. Hits the spot.

  • Nice recipe. I love Mojito’s and good use of the ton of mint that we have growing. I have tried using sugar before but in all my trials the very best thing was to make simple syrup and let a bunch of mint leaves steep in it for an hour while it cools. It takes a bit longer to prep, but man.. nothing can compare. For a party I get a pile of mint leaves, squeeze limes for about 3 cups of juice, make a big pot of syrup, few bottles of rum and club soda. Typical ratio I use is 2oz syrup, 1.5oz lime juice, 1.5oz rum or more depending on your day :), shake with ice. then muddle mint leaves in a glass, fill with ice, put in shaker contents and top with club soda. Depends on the glass size and how tart/sweet you like it but this makes an amazing mojito IMHO.

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