Elements of the best Mojito recipe

July 26, 2017 (Last Updated: July 16, 2017) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

I really love Summer, but some days it can be difficult to escape the heat and humidity that comes with it. The right cocktail or the perfect beer can cut that heat and refresh your soul. This cocktails screams “SUMMER” to me. Today, we are going to explore the elements of this famous cocktail and what goes into making the best mojito recipe.

I think the theme of the Mojito is that it really can be forgiving on it’s ingredients. Most of the elements of this cocktail have some pretty strong flavors, so they can forgive each other when things are not perfect. I think we can start by just working our way through the ingredients: rum, sweetener, lime, mint, club soda.

Does the rum make the best Mojito recipe?

For many drinks, I think that choosing the right alcohol is one of the most important aspects of a recipe, but I feel a little different about the Mojito. Yes, the kind of rum a person chooses is important, but this is also a very forgiving drink. We blast it with sugar, lime, and mint. All three of these things are pretty powerful tastes. The rum does add taste to it, but all of the ingredients of this cocktail have a very strong personality.

In my next post, I will be looking at various rums and why they may be good selections for the best Mojito recipe. The general feeling on this, however, is that we do not need to spend an arm and leg on top shelf rum. We can make a really great Mojito with a good rum. If we were to sip rum straight, I would have a different opinion.

Sweetener in a Mojito

In a recent post, I talked about various kinds of sweetener. I choose to use fine sugar, but there are other perfectly reasonable options. Fine sugar works well for muddling and it also dissolves really well into the cocktail.

Mint in a Mojito

There seems to be a million different kinds of mint, but which do you use in a Mojito? Spearmint is the mint to use in a Mojito. There is probably a lot of room with the different kinds of mint that could be used, but spearmint is probably the most traditional and what was found in Cuba where the drink likely originated. Stick with this for making a traditional Mojito.
All mints are a subspecies of the Mentha plant and some of them are used in the culinary world.

Lime and Club Soda

I don’t need to go into this, do I? For limes, we want fresh ones and not crappy ones. For club soda, it would be hard to find carbonated water that is bad.

In summary, the best Mojito recipe is a powerhouse of flavor. All a person needs is fresh ingredients and a decent rum. These ingredients can come together to make the best Mojito recipe!

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    Allison Sidhu | Foodal
    July 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I totally agree with your assessment that top shelf rum isn’t required for making a mojito- if I have inexpensive rum on hand, this is my go-to! And enough cannot be said about the fresh lime juice. I think the right amount of that tangy acidity is the key to this drink. Thanks for the tips!

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    Jeff Honeywood
    July 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Mojitos are my favorite. I have mint in my garden, and love a cool refreshing mojito while grilling in my back yard.

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      July 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      We have mint in ours as well, but is fairly new. I understand it spreads like wildfire… which I am sorta hoping for. More Mojitos!

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    July 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I have never loved mint for some reason and it turns me off of mojitos, but you are right it does sound super refreshing on a hot day. I will have to finally give it a try!!

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      July 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Although it might move it out of the strict definition of a Mojito… maybe try basil or tarragon?

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