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April 2007
Last Updated July 2013

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Mojito Recipe

Cuba’s Most Famous Cocktail



This is Page 3 of a three-page article with popular Latin cocktail recipes; here, a Mojito from Cuba. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.


Mojito History

The mojito (mo-HEE-toe) is a quintessential Cuban cocktail. The name derives from the African voodoo term mojo, to cast a small spell. According to Bacardi Rum, the drink can be traced to 1586, when Sir Francis Drake and his pirates unsuccessfully attempted to sack Havana for its gold. His associate, Richard Drake, was said to have invented a mojito-like cocktail known as El Draque that was made with aguardiente, a crude forerunner of rum, sugar, lime and mint. Around the mid-1800s, when the Bacardi Company was established, rum was substituted and the cocktail became known as a Mojito.

Mojito Recipe

Here’s the authentic recipe from La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana. It makes one cocktail:


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar or simple syrup*
  • Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 sprig of mint for garnish
  • Crushed ice


  1. Place the mint leaves into collins (highball) glass and squeeze the juice from a cut lime into it (a single lime may provide more than 2 ounces).
  2. Add the powdered sugar, then gently smash (muddle) the mint into the lime juice and sugar with a muddler (a long stainless steel device pictured below, though you can also use the back of a fork or spoon).
  3. Add the ice, then add the rum and stir; top off with the club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Simple Syrup Recipe

While powdered sugar is the original ingredient, it is no longer used in most situations because simple syrup dissolves more readily in a cold beverage. You can make simple syrup easily and keep it on hand:

  • Using the proportion of 2 parts sugar to three parts water, fill a bottle almost halfway with sugar; add hot water.
  • Cover the top and shake well.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.

You also can find guarapo, sugar cane syrup, in Latin markets. Natural food stores also carry organic cane syrup.

Buy a muddler for crushing mint and other cocktail ingredients.

Mojito Recipe With A Mix

For one cocktail:


  • 2 ounces white extra dry rum

  • 4 ounces Freshies Mojito Rum Mix
    (or other Mojito mix)

  • Splash of club soda or seltzer

  • Garnishes: fresh mint, lime wedge, sugar cane stalk



  1. Shake rum and mojito mix together with ice.  Pour into a highball glass and top with a splash of club soda or seltzer. 

  2. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, wedge of lime and a sugar cane stalk.

Mojito. Photo courtesy El Jimador tequila.



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