Customize this mojito recipe with your favorite rum (flavored if you please!), add a splash of refreshing club soda and fresh herbs, then finish with a squeeze of time. This is one classic mojito recipe you'll make on repeat.!

DIY Mojito
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 8 large or 10 to 12 small fresh mint leaves or 8 small or 6 large fresh basil leaves

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 2 - 3 teaspoon superfine sugar (or 2 Tbsp. Simple Syrup*)

  • 4 tablespoon light rum, or light-spiced, coconut, or fruit flavored rum

  • ½ cup club soda, chilled

  • Lime wedges

  • Fresh mint sprigs (optional)


  1. Grab a tall glass and add simple syrup or sugar.

  2. Toss in mint leaves or basil leaves torn in two if necessary and lime juice.

  3. Use muddler to gently "bruise" the herbs against the glass to allow their flavorful oils to meld with the liquids and fruit** (if using).

  4. Fill glass three-quarters full with ice.

  5. Add coconut or fruit-flavored rum and top off with club soda. Use a sugarcane skewer, swizzle stick or cocktail spoon to combine.

  6. Squeeze and drop in additional lime wedges or two and stir again.

  7. Garnish drink with a few extra sprigs of mint or basil, mostly to help drink in their aroma. Enjoy!

Simple Syrup:

In small saucepan, combine and simmer 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Set saucepan in bowl of ice water until syrup is cool.


If desired, add a few fresh fruit sections.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

140 Calories
1g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 140
% Daily Value *
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 9g
Vitamin C 8.3mg 42%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 96mg 2%
Folate, total 16.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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