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Mojito Ingredients: What are the Best?

Updated on August 30, 2012
A few Mojito Ingredients
A few Mojito Ingredients | Source

Ingredients for a Mojito

To make a really good Mojito you need to think about the ingredients that you are going to use. The classic Mojito is a fairly simple cocktail to make, but you can really do a lot with it if you know how. Many of the ingredients within a Mojito can be substituted or even taken out to create an all new version of this very tasty cocktail.

Mint and Other Herbs

Mint is the key ingredient in the classic Mojito. It is really important that if you decide to make a classic Mojito that you don't hold back on the mint. You should always use fresh mint and be sure to muddle the mint in your drink. Without muddling your drink the flavors won't release properly into your cocktail. The muddle is the key if you want to have a minty Mojito. However, did you know you can swap out the mint with other herbs? You can use your imagination to create the herbal flavor you need in a Mojito. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Sage
  • Verbena
  • Lime Leaves
  • Other varieties of Mint.

Best Mojito Recipe

Do you already have a good idea on what ingredients go into a Mojito? Are you looking for a really good Mojito Recipe? Check out my favorite Bacardi Mojito Recipe that I really enjoy making. Feel free to play around with the ingredients to create your own Mojito cocktail recipe.

Limes and Other Fruits

The traditional Mojito uses lime juice and a few lime wedges to create a nice sour flavor to the drink. However you don't always have to use lime in your Mojito. You can pretty much use any fruit that you can think of. You'll just want to make sure that the fruit you pick will taste nice with herb you pick. Here are a few ideas on fruit that can be added:

  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Jalapenos
  • Pineapple Pieces
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber

Rum and Other Spirits

White rum is the most common spirit to be used in a Mojito, however; you can use any variety of rum that you would like to use. Depending on what kind of mojito you plan to make you could try adding flavored rums or perhaps a simple gold rum. Below are a few ideas that I have seen or tried in the past:

  • Vodka
  • Gold Rum
  • Gin
  • Flavored Rum and Vodka

Sugar Choices

All Mojitos will have some sort of sugar added to them. The most common and traditional thing to do is to add a bit of superfine, granulated sugar. However, you have a few options to the type of sugar you use. Below are a few that I thought of:

  • Sugar Syrup: This is probably the second most common sugar additive after using superfine sugar. This option works best if you don't want to wait for the granulated sugar to dissolve.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar is good to use when you use a gold rum. I wouldn't suggest that you use brown sugar with white rum. This will create a truly unique Mojito.

Club Soda and Other Mixers

Lastly, you need to dilute your Mojito with a mixer. The traditional Mojito is diluted with lime juice and topped up with club soda. It makes for a sour and tart flavor sensation that Mojito lovers really enjoy. However if want you can swap out these mojito ingredients for something else. I would recommend that you keep some club soda in the mix, but I would suggest that you play with the juice that you use. Here are a few ingredient ideas to get you started:

  • Orange Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Tonic Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • White Soda

Mojito Variation Ideas

So now that you know what ingredients go into a Mojito. You also have a few variations that you can play around with to create your own Mojito variations. Try a few of my suggested ideas or try some of your own ingredient ideas. Let me know how they turn out, I'd love to know what you created!


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    • SRae profile image

      Shelia Wadsworth 5 years ago from Central Pennsylvania

      This is too funny. I just looked up mojito recipes this afternoon. Sounds tempting indeed : )

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      GH Price 5 years ago from Texas

      I had a mango mojito at Ruby Tuesdays once, and it was stellar. They had a piece of sugar cane in it and I'm so country I had to ask the waitress what the heck it was. Great Hub! :)