Imagine yourself sipping a perfect, ice-cold mojito on a sunny summer day. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But, what about the mess in the kitchen and all the steps it takes to make a sparkling mojito?
What if we told you, making a mojito at home is super easy and only requires a few simple ingredients? We made ours in minutes with stuff we already had on hand.
In this article, we will teach you how to make a homemade mojito in four steps. Plus, we will tell you why we prefer to use sparkling mineral water over club soda!
What is a mojito?
The mojito is a Cuban recipe made from all the same ingredients we chose. But, we like it best with a dash of coconut milk for extra flavor and texture. The prevalent taste of a mojito is mint, followed by tart citrus. But, the main word used when describing this cocktail is refreshing!
Easy Sparkling Mojito Recipe
Makes about 10 oz
- 10 oz sparkling water
- 10 small mint leaves
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 1 teaspoon sugar or honey
- 2 lime slices
- 2 Tablespoons coconut milk
- ½ oz white rum
- Juice your lime slices into a glass then add all the ingredients except the sparkling water and ice.
- Muddle the ingredients together in the bottom of the glass.
- Add the ice and sparkling water.
- Shake gently.
Pro tip: You can make your own simple syrup using this recipe from Taste of Home.
How to make a virgin mojito
If you prefer a mocktail version of this mojito, leave out the rum. Use all the other ingredients. Follow the same directions. You will get an alcohol-free drink that is just as enjoyable.
How do I muddle mint?
The best way to describe muddling is to press and twist gently. Do not crush the mint. The goal is to release the oils and immerse your sparkling water with mint flavor. If you break the leaves, you may get unpleasant bits in your drink. To prevent this, as soon as you smell mint, stop muddling.
Why use sparkling water?
Most bartenders use club soda to make mojitos. Club soda and sparkling water are similar as they are both carbonated water. But there are differences including:
- Club soda is artificially carbonated vs. Sparkling water is naturally carbonated
- Club soda is flavored with additives, including salts vs. Sparkling water has no flavor additives
Plus, sparkling water is more accessible and may already be in your fridge.
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