Shake Things Up With These Cocktail Recipes For National Mojito Day
National Mojito Day is coming up on July 11th, a whole day dedicated to celebrating the classic cocktail that is the mojito.
Whether you’re a fan of it or not, there’s no denying that the classic cocktail which consists of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint is famous across the world.
The iconic tipple was even the go-to drink of author Ernest Hemingway!
If you’re a cocktail lover keen to shake things up and try some new variations of the mojito, you can count on us, as we’ve collated the best recipes you need to try.
Gather with your besties, grab your best cocktail shaker, and whip up some delicious mojitos this summer…
History Of The Mojito Cocktail
The exact origins of the mojito are up for debate, although we do know that it can be traced back to Havana, Cuba.
Some trace back the classic cocktail to 1586, where local South American Indian’s are said to have mixed rum, mint, lime, and sugar cane syrup as a medicine to help treat tropical illnesses.
No matter what the true origins of the mojito are, there’s no arguing that the cocktail is one of the most popular drinks globally.
It’s sure to be around for more centuries to come!
Best Mojito Recipes You Need To Try
There’s no better way to kickstart your celebrations for National Mojito Day than making your own cocktail recipes.
Whilst heading out for some drinks is fun, why not invite your friends over to your student flat and show off your cocktail making skills?
There’s so many possibilities when it comes to making a mojito, and you can even make a mocktail if you’re after a drink without alcohol!
1. Classic Mojito
On a hot summer’s day when the sun is shining and the good vibes are flowing, you can’t go wrong with a nice refreshing mojito.
For our first recipe, we’ve chosen a classic mojito consisting of Cuban ingredients: fresh mint leaves, white rum, sugar, zesty lime and cooling soda water, or sparkling water.
To create this classic tipple yourself, you’ll need to add your fresh mint to the bottom of a cocktail shaker and use a special bartending tool called a muddler to release the mint’s oils.
If you don’t have a muddler, you could use a wooden spoon instead.
Next, you need to add your rum, lime juice, simple syrup and a handful of ice, before shaking your mixture.
Now strain your drink into a glass filled up with ice, and top with some cooling soda water or sparkling water, before garnishing with lime slices and more mint.
2. Strawberry Mojito
This strawberry mojito recipe is an absolute must-try for the summertime.
Not only is this fruity tipple tasty but it’s super easy to make.
To whip it up yourself, you’ll first need to muddle your strawberries, lime and sugar in a large jug.
Next, bruise your fresh mint leaves and add them to your jug with a pinch of black pepper, before adding in some ice and stirring in your rum and sparkling water.
Then, add some sliced strawberries on the top and some more mint if you wish, and voila.
Your drink is complete and is ready to be served at your next cocktail party!
3. Watermelon Mojito
If you thought mojitos couldn’t get any better, they just did babes, thanks to this watermelon mojito recipe.
To make this easy breezy watermelon mojito recipe, simply muddle your fresh mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup in a Collins glass.
Then, fill two-thirds of the glass with ice, before adding your rum and watermelon puree.
If you’d rather, get some fresh watermelon and blend it together yourself!
To finish, top your cocktail with club soda and stir well before adding some fresh watermelon or mint to garnish.
For a non-alcoholic option, simply just leave out the rum and you have a delicious mocktail ready to drink!
4. Blackberry Mojito
Wanting to tantalise your taste-buds this National Mojito Day? Well, haven’t we got just the recipe for you!
This blackberry mojito recipe is the ultimate summer drink, consisting of just a few ingredients – blackberries, mint, lime juice, and sugar.
To make it, you need to muddle your fresh limes, fresh mint leaves, blackberries and simple syrup until crushed.
Next, add in your rum and ice to your cocktail shaker and shake for around 15 seconds, before pouring your contents into a glass.
Top your glass with some club soda and garnish with mint leaves and blackberry before serving to all your besties.
5. Frozen Mojito
When it comes to recipes for National Mojito Day, a frozen mojito is one of our top-rated picks, it’s a dream to knock back when the sun rays are beaming!
It does take a little longer to whip up this frozen cocktail recipe, but trust us, this drink will add a Cuban flair to any summer gathering.
For a minty, icy and refreshing drink, combine some simple syrup, fresh lime juice and mint leaves into a blender and pulse until blended together.
Next, pour your slushy consistency into cups and garnish with fresh mint leaves and a lime wedge.
For a full list of ingredients and a recipe, head to The Cookful website.
6. Pineapple Mojito
What’s better than a classic mojito? A pineapple mojito, duh!
This vibrant summer cocktail is a twist on the classic and is made by muddling mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice in your cocktail shaker.
It’s straightforward to make this recipe and it tastes amazing, just add in your rum and pineapple juice to your cocktail shaker, before covering and shaking vigorously.
Strain your mixture into glasses filled with ice and club soda, and to serve, garnish with pineapple wedges, lime and fresh mint.
There you go, an Insta-worthy mojito which is sure to go down a treat this July.
7. Coconut Mojito
For a lazy summer’s day relaxing at the beach, sunbathing round the pool or hosting friends over, you can count on a coconut mojito to impress.
The best part about this refreshing cocktail recipe is that you don’t need a cocktail shaker, just a highball glass and you’re good to go.
To get started, you should muddle 6 mint leaves with coconut cream in a highball glass.
Next add in your rum (get coconut rum for more flavour!), lime juice, and coconut milk before stirring.
Now, you’ll want to fill your glass with ice and top with club soda or sparkling water, then garnish with some shredded coconut and a lime wedge to finish!
8. Mango Mojito
If a refreshing fruity kick is what you’re craving, this mango mojito is simply irresistible.
There’s a little more steps involved with this recipe, but it’s worth the extra faff for the end result.
Firstly, squeeze the juice from 1½ limes and blend with the mango for a smooth purée, then cut the rest of your limes into quarters and cut each wedge in half again.
Put 2 pieces of lime into highball glasses for each of your guests, and add in a teaspoon of caster sugar and 5-6 mint leaves, then muddle everything together.
Now, divide your mango puree between each glass and add in your rum and some crushed ice, then stir well to mix it all together.
Finally, top your mix with soda water to serve and garnish with some extra mint.
9. Raspberry Mojito
Mojitos with a raspberry twist? Who could turn that down!
Release your inner cocktail connoisseur this July with this raspberry mojito recipe, combining sweet raspberries, rum, and fresh mint.
To get started, you’ll need to muddle together some lime wedges, raspberries, mint and sugar into a glass.
Next, add in some ice and pour in your rum before topping the glass off with club soda, then stir well and top with some more mint.
Depending on how sweet you like your tipples, you can add in more or less sugar.
Once you’ve made this cocktail, there’s no doubt you’ll be wanting to make it again and again – thank us later.
10. Grapefruit Mojito
After a tropical mixed drink for entertaining this summer? You have to try making this grapefruit mojito recipe.
For an unforgettable flavour, simply put some grapefruit juice, mint and sugar into a large jug and crush together your ingredients.
Now, add in your rum and top up with soda water and ice, then mix it all together well and add a slice of grapefruit, plus some more mint if you fancy it.
You’re sure to bring the happy hour to you with this drink!
11. Peach Mojito
Looking for the perfect drink to sit back and relax with? It has to be this peach mojito for sure!
To make this fresh and sweet cocktail, you’ll need to first slice two of the peaches for garnishing later on, and chop the remaining peaches.
Now you’ll want to place your chopped peaches into a cocktail shaker, add in your sugar and rum and muddle them together.
Then, pour your peach-infused rum into your glasses filled with ice, mint and peaches, and fill with as much club soda as your heart desires.
Garnish with some rum and you’ve got some summertime goodness!
12. Blood Orange Mojito
Looking for some unique cocktail recipes? This blood orange mojito will certainly help you keep your cool this summer.
This drink is perfect for sipping all season long and couldn’t be more simple to make, just add mint and lime juice to a tall glass and muddle together.
The next step is to add in your rum, blood orange juice and simple syrup, then top with some sparkling water and serve.
Adding in an orange slice to your bevv will be one of the best decisions!
This July, indulge in the incredible mojito cocktail by experimenting with these various recipes, with a wide selection to choose from.
Regardless of your preferred beverage, our compilation has something for everyone!
Don’t forget to post an Insta-story of the cocktails you whip up under the hashtag #NationalMojitoDay.
Are you wondering how you can earn extra money this summer? You should check out our student guide next.