Marie's Favorite Mojito Recipe
Originally published July 11, 2009. Updated on 5/26/2021
I admit it, sometimes I get weird about my recipes.
Sure, there are tried and true ways to do some things - like Mojitos - but when it comes down to it, personal taste has to rule over what's considered "proper".
I've done countless traditional mojitos.. muddling the lime, sugar, and mint.. but when it comes right down to it, I'm not a fan of carbonated water. (AKA club soda, soda water, etc). It just tastes like baking soda to me, not pleasant at all.
Of course, fresh mint and lime are hard to resist in the heat of summer, so I knew I'd have to tweak the recipe a little. Time to share s MY tried and true version of the mojito!
My recipe differs from the traditional in two ways: Ingredients and preparation.
I guess those are really the only two ways it COULD differ. I suppose you could argue for “presentation/service” as another possibility, but I digress.
Anyway, yes - different in ingredients and prep. I’m not sure exactly where the line exists for “this is no longer a mojito”, but hey... same basic idea, looks the same, tastes almost the same - just sweeter.
Before getting to the actual recipe, let’s look at the components of my mojito:
Rose’s Lime Cordial
Rose’s Lime Cordial is a concentrated and sweetened lime juice product, popularly used in bars and for cocktail preparation in general.
I use this in place of the lime (sort of - I do have slices!) and sugar, as well as in place of the lime muddling step.
Aside from being lazy, it also gives it a brighter, more obvious hit of lime flavour throughout the drink.
Mojitos are generally made with white rum, but I prefer amber rum in general.
If I’m feeling spicy, I’ll use Screech - a Jamaican black rum that’s popular in Newfoundland. It’s rich and kind of fruity tasting, but it’s also kind of an acquired taste.
The first time I tried it - at my Screech In - I thought they’d given me a shot of literal jet fuel to drink. It ... uh... did not stay down long.
Now, though, I love it!
Fresh mint is non-negotiable when it comes to mojitos, so it’s in there.
It does get muddled with the lime cordial and rum, though, so there is *some* muddling (mashing the ingredients together to disperse the flavour) going on.
Amount of mint leaves is totally a matter of personal preference. I know people who like as little as 3-4 mint leaves in their mojitos, while my husband and I love a really in-your-face amount of mint in ours - 10 large leaves or more.
As I mentioned earlier, I can’t stand soda water/club soda / etc.
So, I use Sprite, 7-Up, Sierra Mist, etc. It doesn’t have that nasty taste on the end of it, and adds a bit more sweetness and flavour to the drink
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Marie's Favorite Mojito
- 1.5 oz Amber rum
- 1 oz Rose's Lime Cordial
- Mint Leaves*
- Ice Cubes
- ½ Lime sliced
- Lemon-Lime Soda Sprite, 7 Up, Sierra Mist
- In a tall glass, muddle Rose's Lime, Rum, and the mint leaves. If you have a few minutes, let it sit 5-10 minutes, and muddle it again.
- Fill glass with ice cubes and as many lime slices as you want. Top up with lemon-lime soda of your choice, and garnish with a sprig of mint and/or slice of lime. Enjoy!