Easy Mojito cocktail recipe

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This easy mojito cocktail is the perfect way to make the classic Cuban drink with as little fuss as possible...

Mojito cocktail recipe
Preparation Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories122 Kcal6%
Salt0.2 gRow 1 - Cell 2
Sugars4 g4%
Protein0.3 g1%
Fat0.1 g0%
Carbohydrates4.6 g2%
Salt0.2 gRow 6 - Cell 2

This easy mojito cocktail is an absolute classic and it's so simple to make you can be saying 'cheers' in just 5 minutes. 

Mojitos are the ideal celebration cocktail. Mixing tangy lime, cool mint and sugar with rum has all the flair of a Cuban fiesta - perfect for parties. It's refreshing and light and works really well at outdoor cocktail parties on sunny days, alongside barbecues, or even at weddings. Load up the glasses with plenty of ice and serve with straws and extra sprigs of mint. This recipe makes one cocktail, but just multiply all the ingredients to serve up for a crowd.


  • 50ml light rum
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ lime
  • Mint sprigs
  • Soda water, to taste




  1. Squeeze the lime juice into a large chilled glass, add mint and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Fill glass with cruched ice and pour in the rum
  3. Swizzle until the glass goes frosty.
  4. Add a dash of soda water to taste. Garnish with mint and serve with straws.

Top tips for making mojito cocktail

Here are some of our top tips when it comes to making classic mojito cocktails to perfection. We've covered some of the most frequently asked questions including whether you shake a mojito or if you can mojito without mint or not. Here are our top tips and tricks...

Do you shake a mojito to mix it?

You can shake a mojito in a cocktail shaker to ensure that the cocktail is thoroughly combined. Top the ingredients with a good amount of ice, and shake it for a good minute or so. Don't go overboard though otherwise the mint will get crushed and may overpower the drink.

What is the best rum for making mojitos?

The best rum for making mojitos is white, light, or silver rum which you can buy in your local supermarket. Dark rums are better for other cocktails like Dark & Stormy. Don't go for the absolutely cheapest rum you can find, as you will be able to taste it in the drink. A good mid-range brand is an idea since you're adding sugar and mint which will change the flavors anyway.

Can you make a mojito without mint?

If you're not a fan of mint, you can swap this fresh herb for others instead. Try rosemary for a strong punch of flavour, basil for a subtle hint or thyme to really transform your mojito.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies