Rumor has it “mojito” translates roughly as “little spell.” With all that white rum, lime, and mint, well, yeah, we’ll willingly be under its spell.
What kind of sugar should I use?
Lest you think the only brilliance in this recipe is the taste, you’re wrong. This mojito recipe cleverly calls for confectioners’ sugar rather than simple syrup or granulated sugar. Because it dissolves just as readily as simple syrup and far more so than granulated sugar, this means no more stirring like crazy and still having gritty granulated sugar at the bottom of your cocktail or having to wait to take the time to make and chill some simple syrup before you take a sip.
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 1
Stir in the rum and add some ice. Top it off with club soda. Add Angostura bitters, if using. Garnish the mojito with a sprig of mint. Originally published September 02, 2015.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I am currently reading Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. I thought that drinking some mojitos would be fitting. I love them. And although I've never been able to replicate at home the amazing flavors and experiences that I had while drinking mojitos in Puerto Rico, this recipe came close.
The mojito was the nice mix of flavors that I expect. I appreciated that it wasn't overly sweet. I liked using the club soda for fizz—I’ve tried some recipes with lemon-lime soda and always find the finished product too sweet. The bitters added a nice depth of flavor, although I think I might try making another batch without them for comparison (I was planning on making 2 batches, one with and one without, but I got excited and put the bitters in the entire batch.)
I had wonderful spearmint from my garden to use, and I don't own a muddler, so I used the end of a large wooden spoon to bruise the mint. In the end, a refreshing cocktail to enjoy with my book on a sunny summer afternoon.
This recipe makes the perfect mojito. Really it does. The balance of lime and sugar is perfect. Mojitos are supposed to be sweet, and this one is, but not in excess. It's not shy about the mint, either, which is as it should be. The optional bitters are a nice touch, rounding out the flavor and adding a hint of complexity. Add to all that the fact that you can mix it up right in a highball glass—no need for a shaker, no need to make simple syrup—and you might find yourself with a new favorite after-work libation.