In honor of National Mojito Day on July 11, we’re celebrating the endlessly refreshing combination of light rum, lime, sugar, and mint! What’s not to love about the mint-forward, rum-based cocktail that’s become synonymous with summer? With an illustrious history, this warm weather classic has some fun variations that will keep your summer fresh and fun. So sip back, relax, and cool off with these delicious Mojito recipes.
Classic Mojito Cocktail
Classic for a reason ...
Combine the mint and sugar in a mixing glass, then muddle until the mint is slightly bruised. Add ice, lime, and rum, then stir until the outside of the glass ic completely frosted. Pour the mixture into a serving glass, top with the sparkling water or seltzer, and garnish as desired.
Fort Greene Cuban Cocktail
Any day can feel like New York’s Pegu Club with our take on Audrey Saunders’ Old Cuban cocktail! A hybrid of a French 75 and a Mojito, our version of this bubbly and boozy classic features a New York-made sparkling wine for a little hometown glory.
Combine the rum, lime juice, bitters, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds, or until the shaker is frosted on the outside. Double strain the mixture into a chilled coupe and top with Sparkling Pointe Brut. Taste and adjust with rum or sparkling wine as desired. Garnish with a mint leaf.
New Frost City Cocktail
Our fun take on Devon Tarby’s Jack Frost Mojito variation uses a base of tequila and spiced pear liqueur to conjure the vibe of cool summery nights by the bonfire (not to mention a cool and classic New York indie flick). We swapped fresh mint leaves for creme de menthe to lean into the season's fresh produce. With every sip of this one, the sun's blazes fade, just a bit.
Place the mint leaves in a mixing glass and muddle until the natural oils are released and the leaves are slightly bruised. Add the mint and remaining ingredients, except for the garnish, in a cocktail shaker with a few pieces of crushed or pebble ice. Shake vigorously for about 20-seconds, until the mixture is fully incorporated. Transfer the mixture to a serving glass, then top with more pebble ice and stir to combine. Garnish with the mint and sage, and enjoy with a straw.