The Mexican mojito swaps in smooth tequila for the traditional rum in this refreshing cocktail that is made with muddled lime, mint, and sugar.
The mojito is so sexy and light that it would be a shame not to adapt the Cuban original to the Mexican model. The typical mojito is made with white rum, but a smooth white tequila works perfectly with the wisp of mint and sweetness. Tequila is a more versatile mixer than one might think, especially in drinks that already lean to the tart and citrusy. A very quick drink to make—and drink.–Deborah Schneider
LC Salud! Note
When you wish to offer a toast but words escape you—or when they escape you in slurred fashion—all you need to remember is “Salud!” (“To your health!”). Well, okay, you should also remember to use an agave blanco tequila when you make this mojito. One typically hears of a silver (plato) or maybe a gold (oro) tequila, while the less common white tequila is oft referred to as the purest expression of the agave plant’s essence. That means there may be quite some, er, character to be experienced. But not to worry. The sugar and mint and soda meld things quite seamlessly. C’mon, you’re up for a little adventure, yes?
- Quick Glance
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- Makes 1 mojito
- 3 mint sprigs
- 3 lime wedges
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 6 ounces ice cubes
- 1 1/2 ounces 100 percent agave blanco tequila
- 2 ounces soda water or sparkling water
- 1 ounce lemon-lime soda
- Lime slice and mint sprig for garnish
- 1. In a mixing glass or shaker, muddle the mint sprigs, lime, and sugar.
- 2. Add the ice and tequila. Cap tightly, shake vigorously, and pour or strain into a 12-ounce glass. Top the glass with soda water and then top that with the lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime circle.
Recipe Testers Reviews
Temperatures were in the 100s in Louisiana today, making it a perfect day to try a new drink recipe. This makes one really refreshing drink. I didn’t get the agave tequila, and instead used my good tequila and added some agave to it. I also used Sprite, and not soda. This was really close to what I’ve had at our Cuban restaurant. I’d be happy to serve this all summer to my friends.
I served this refreshing drink on a hot summer's night. It was wonderful. The combination of mint and lime is delightful.
After making one drink, I made a shaker full of 4 additional servings and let it sit until I was ready to pour it over ice. During the half hour it sat, the mint permeated the drink in a very nice way. I will make this drink again, but will let it sit for there mint to do its magic.
I used 6 ice cubes per drink, club soda, and, for the lemon-line soda, I used 7-Up.
This was another of those recipes I was of two minds about. On the one hand I'd certainly do a few tweaks to streamline it and make it more my taste, less sweet, more boozy (see notes for said tweaks). On the other hand as written, this absolutely works and makes a delicious refreshing summery drink that tons of people Googling "Mojito" would certainly love. The fact that it uses tequila is a nice twist and gives the drink a cool, almost savory, edge compared to a the regular mojito.
I muddled everything about 30 seconds and shook everything for 15 to 20 seconds.
You will most likely not have all the sugar dissolved. To get all the last bits and granules out, add the soda water and lemon-lime soda into the shaker after you had dumped out the contents, swirl these around to grab and bits of sugar and then add to the the drink.
I used sparkling water (Topo Chico brand) and Sprite for the lemon-lime soda.
My changes for the second time around and how I prefer the drink are to increase the tequila to 2 ounces. I felt the original was a touch weak. Decrease the sugar to 2 tsp instead of 3. After I shook it, I filled my glass with new ice and strain the contents of the shaker on top through a cocktail strainer. I do not care to have chunks of mint in my drink, so straining gave me a beautiful clear drink, more control over filling my glass (no worries about overflow and such), and delivers all the flavor of the drink.
This drink was divine. So simple and refreshing. Sometimes when you think of muddling, you think too much work and too much time, but this cocktail came together in a little less than 10 minutes.
I think I might add more mint next time, just a personal preference. I didn't have any soda and don't really prefer it so I substituted with the Sprite I was using for my lemon lime soda and it was perfect. This is a great alternative to a margarita when you want something a little different. I didn't use soda or sparkling water; I used 3 ounces Sprite instead.
This is a great twist on a classic Mojito. It’s a refreshing way to have tequila and lime without heading into margarita territory (margaritas, I still love you.)
The tequila brand was Lunazul. I used a pint glass. Muddled well and shook hard but still had undissolved sugar at the bottom of my glass by the time I finished drinking my drink. I personally would use a simple syrup next time. In the summer, I often have mint simple syrup in the fridge anyways (to add to unsweet iced tea, mojitos, mint juleps, etc.) so it would be easy to throw in to another Mexican mojito. The undissolved sugar did explain why I felt the drink wasn’t sweet enough upon first sip.
I had extra room in the glass and an open can so I topped the drink off with a little more Sprite and thought it was perfect! All together, I used about 4 ounces Sprite. Overall this is a great drink and I’ll definitely be making a pitcher of these for the next party!