5PM somewhere: Mojito recipe

It’s truly 5PM somewhere by ChefXChange time. We span multiple timezones and all love to travel far and wide. Warm weather is upon us and we thought it would be the perfect time to start sharing some refreshing cocktail/mocktail recipes! Springtime is for herb gardens and enjoying the outdoors. Why not throw in a delicious libation?

Mojitos are a crowd favorite and the bane of the existence of most bartenders. Muddling lime, sugar and mint when you have a line of thirsty customers trying to flag you down isn’t really at the top of our to-do list. Better idea: make the perfect mojito at home for you and your friends. We’re going to share with you a great, customizable mojito recipe:

Mojitos are simple to make, rum + 4 ingredients:


Rum is a complex spirit and has a fascinating history. To learn more, I highly recommend you read Chapter 8 of Boozehound by Jason Wilson entitled “Of Politics and Rum”. For this recipe we used light rum, but feel free to experiment. 


mint for mojito recipe


I keep my own mint plant flourishing at home. It’s far more economical and also adds to life to the flat. If you can find a yerba buena mint plant, buy it! It’s the best type of mint to use in your mojitos and cooking. You’ll still have an amazing mojito with a mint plant from your local grocery store or farmers market, though!

Sugar (pictured: organic raw sugar cubes)

sugar for mojito recipe


limes for mojito recipe

Soda Water

Some people use Sprite or lemon/lime soda in their mojitos and I personally find that blasphemous! If you have a balanced cocktail/mocktail, there’s no need to add that sugary soda to your beverage. But if you must, you must. No judgement (ok, a little judgement). 


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  1. light rum (1.5 oz per serving)
  2. mint (6-8 mint leaves per serving)
  3. limes (1/2 lime, cut into wedges, per serving)
  4. sugar (1 cube or 3/4 tsp per serving)
  5. soda water (app. 4 oz per serving)
In cocktail shaker
  1. Muddle together lime, mint and sugar.
  2. Add rum and ice.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Pour into Collins glass (or preferred glassware) and top with soda water.
  5. Garnish with sprig of mint.


I don’t have a muddler.

No muddler, no problem! You can hack around that by building your mojito in a mason jar. Add in your rum, sugar, squeeze your lime wedges, tear up a few mint leaves and give it a good shake with ice. Do NOT add in soda water before shaking. After shaking, top it off with soda water.

For mocktails, simply leave out the rum. It’s as easy as that!

For flavored mojitos, muddle in your fresh fruit of choice– strawberries, watermelon, blueberries… the possibilities are endless!

fruit for mojito recipe