Introduction: How to Make the Perfect Mojito!

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With summer just around the corner, what could be more perfect than a refreshing beverage on a hot summer night...or day for that matter. Whether you're having a barbecue or are just hanging out with friends, a mojito serves as the perfect drink to quench anyone's thirst. Here you will learn how to make the perfect mojito to leave all of your friends impressed.

Step 1: Get Your Ingredients!

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For your mojito you will need the following ingredients:

Mint leaves
Rum (We use Bacardi in this recipe)
Club Soda

Step 2: Make the Simple Syrup...its Simple Really.

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In order to balance the sourness of the limes in the mojito, we will use a simple syrup which is a fancy way of saying...sugar water. But what makes it even better is that we will be infusing it with mint to add to the flavor of the drink.

To make the simple syrup, dissolve sugar in water by heating it up in a saucepan on the stove. Use equal parts sugar and water. In this recipe we will use 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. (If you wish to makes more mojito's, increase the ratio). Once the sugar has dissolved in the water, take it off the heat and add about 15 mint leaves and let them steep. Let the simple syrup cool. And remember, the longer it steeps, the more flavor your mojito will have.

Step 3: Squeeze Your Limes

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For a really good mojito, fresh lime juice is absolutely necessary. Don't try to take the easy road by buying pre-bottled lime juice...squeeze it yourself. Or better yet, it's always fun to get a friend in on the action so have THEM squeeze them for you! Working collaboratively can be great!

Note: Keep in mind that each individual mojito usually needs 1-2 limes depending on size.

Tip: Roll your limes on the counter before you squeeze them to get the juices flowing!

Step 4: Prepare Your Glasses!

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While you're waiting for the simple syrup to steep and cool and your friend is squeezing the limes...get your glasses ready to serve.

To do this, place a few mint leaves in the bottom of each glass and muddle muddle muddle. If you don't have a muddle, just use a fork to basically press and break up the mint leaves into the bottom of the glass and up the sides. This releases the essence and flavor of the mint leaves. Mmm Mmm..minty freshness.

When you're ready to serve, place ice to about half way in each glass.

Step 5: Construct Your PERFECT Mojito!

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When you're just about ready to serve you can start to make your mojito.

After many trials I have found the prefect ratio of ingredients for the best mojito. To each glass with mint and ice, add the following:

2 ounces rum
1 ounce lime juice
1 1/2 ounces mint infused simple syrup
Top with a splash (literally just a splash) of club soda

And Voila! The perfect mojito.

Mojito's are best enjoyed on a warm day with friends...although are perfectly acceptable to be consumed by yourself! Enjoy!


JenieR made it! (author)2017-04-12

Love this recipe! Another way to make it is to substitute orange juice for lime (I used fresh juice from a cutie orange) and add a splash of Grand Marnier ❤️❤️❤️

AndresM90 (author)2016-06-10

Gracias por la receta de mojito yo vi alguna en en su blog hay algunas gracias

DragosS (author)2015-08-12

Cool tip but the perfect Mojito goes with the perfect cocktail dispenser made by these guys :

nataya.crawford (author)2015-04-16

Do you think it would be okay to substitute the sugar with Agave nectar? I'm trying to stay away from sugar, but I LOVE mojitos.

tschock (author)nataya.crawford2015-04-16

Yes!! Absolutely! You probably wouldn't even have to add much at all! Try it and see what you think!

admiral001 (author)2010-03-05

if you're going to muddle the mint leaves in the glass, add a little sugar to it too. the sugar is an abrasive and will grind up the leaves very well

admiral001 (author)admiral0012010-03-05

Forgot to mention this... good instructible

wingman358 (author)admiral0012014-09-12

great tip

wingman358 (author)2014-09-12

Great recipe, worked well for me. Though it was a bit too sweet, I'll do 2 parts sugar to 3 parts water in the syrup next time. Thanks!

kevlarkev (author)2013-04-24

I was in Souther France a few years ago and had a mojito very similar to this one. The difference was the bar owner put sugar crystals of some sort in the very bottom of the glass. A simple addition and it was delicious. I'm going to try this recipe with her twist. Sounds delicious!

Janna Ghazaryan (author)2013-04-09

Thanks a lot for giving such intructive advice

moahdeeb777 (author)2012-11-13

Sound soooooo tasty goood please make me one and email it 2me PLEASE!!!!

PaulaPalmer (author)2012-06-16

I'm a newbee and this recipe worked for me, thank you so much! I will also head the other advice... thanks again!

edobryden (author)2011-07-29

i use a few drops of Angostura, try it !

Smart Ideas (author)2009-05-31

Here is one improvement. Instead of molding the mint leaves in the glass, clap them two or three times in your hands. Enough flavor and aroma will be released. While drinking the mojito, there won't be small pieces of mojito leaves in the straw, too.

See The Perfect Mojito for more details and advice.

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