Mojito Cocktail Recipe

The earliest known Mojito cocktail recipe dates to 1929. The recipe is in a Cuban cocktail book called Libro de Cocktail. Literally, ‘The Cocktail Book.’ In the book the drink is Mojo de Ron. In Spanish mojo is sauce, and ron means rum. So, Rum Sauce. I prefer to think of it as Ron’s mojo. Because Ron has been using it to try and get his mojo back ever since.

The Mojito is yet another variation on the sour cocktail. To get the cheat sheet on this drink and more check out our guide to classic cocktail recipes.


Mojito Cocktail Recipe

The Mojito is a favorite that has never really gone out of fashion. This simple classic is at its best when its simply executed using fresh ingredients.

Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword classic cocktails
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Author Jay Jordan


  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 1/2 oz
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 3 lime wheels
  • large sprig of mint


  1. Gently muddle lime leaves with 1/2 oz in a chilled collins glass.
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice.
  3. Combine rum, lime juice, simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  4. Shake vigorously for 10 - 15 seconds.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.
  6. Top with remaining soda and garnish with mint sprig and lime wheels.

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