The Mexican mojito swaps in smooth tequila for the traditional rum in this not-quite-classic cocktail that’s made with muddled lime, mint, and sugar. Perhaps the best mojito ever.
The mojito is so sexy and light that it would be a shame not to adapt the Cuban original to the Mexican model. Tequila is a more versatile mixer than one might think, especially in drinks that already lean to the tart and citrusy. The typical mojito is made with white rum, but a smooth white tequila works perfectly with the wisp of mint and sweetness. A very quick drink to make—and drink.–Deborah Schneider
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TEQUILA AND RUM?
If you’re going to mess around with a mojito, you might as well know why. Tequila, a regionally distilled beverage, and type of alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant is made primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, in the central-western Mexican state of Jalisco. Tequila must use only blue agave plants rather than any type of agave and it’s commonly served neat in Mexico and as a shot with salt and lime across the rest of the world. Rum is a distilled alcoholic drink made by fermenting then distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice. The distillate, a clear liquid, is usually aged in oak barrels. Most rums are produced in the Caribbean and American countries, but also in other sugar-producing countries, such as the Philippines and India. Rum is produced in various grades. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas golden and dark rums are typically consumed straight or neat.
- 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
- In a mixing glass or shaker, muddle the mint sprigs, lime, and sugar.
- Add the ice and tequila. Cover shake vigorously, and pour or strain into a 12-ounce glass.
- Top it off with soda water and then top that off with the lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime circle. Originally published May 5, 2010.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Temperatures were 100°F in Louisiana today, making it a perfect day to try a new drink recipe. This makes one really refreshing drink.
I used my good tequila and added some agave to it. I also used Sprite. 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 1 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'll make this drink again and will let it sit for the mint to do its magic.
I used 6 ice cubes per drink and 7-Up.
Originally published May 05, 2010