An Irish spin on a classic Mint Mojito! This cocktail is fresh tasting and fun; perfect to share with friends!
Easy Mint Mojito Recipe
Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about mojito cocktails. A mojito is a Cuban cocktail that is usually made with rum, sugar, or simple syrup, mint, and soda water. However, if you were to Google mojito, you would probably find millions of variations.
You can make a mojito with rum but add fresh fruit as I have done with this Blackberry Mojito. You could a different type of alcohol like vodka, bourbon or Champagne, like this Champagne Blueberry Mojitos and of course, you can use Irish Whiskey as I have done with this recipe!
- Granulated sugar
- Fresh Mint leaves
- Irish whiskey
- Crushed ice
- Tonic water or ginger ale
- Lime slices for garnish
HOW TO MAKE A MINT MOJITO
Simple syrup rocks this mint mojito, and it’s so easy to make. Plus there are so many ways to use up any extra syrup. You can add it to your ice tea, sangria recipes, brush it on cakes to keep them moist, or add it to sorbet recipes.
STEP ONE– Prepare the simple syrup by combining water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer until sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool completely.
STEP TWO -Place mint leaves in a cocktail shaker along with lime wedges and syrup; muddle leaves with a wooden spoon. Add Irish whiskey and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and pour into prepared glasses.
STEP THREE – Top each cocktail with a splash of tonic water or ginger ale. Serve with additional lime wedges if desired.
HOW TO MUDDLE MINT FOR A MOJITO?
Muddling is the act of breaking up the mint leaves to release their juice. To do this you would place your fresh mint leaves and sugar (in this case the simple syrup) in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
Gently press the mint leaves against the bottom of the shaker using the bottom of a wooden spoon. You don’t need to press hard, just enough to press on the leaves.
If you are in a hurry, you CAN purchase bottled simple syrup. I have never tried the bottled variety, but I suspect it tastes bottled. If you can make it at home, you will be so much happier.
You HAVE to use fresh mint leaves for a mojito, there is no other way to get the classic mojito taste!
I used Jameson Irish Whiskey for this mojito, but you could use other brands or even varieties. You can try Kentucky bourbon, dark rum, light rum, or heck, even vodka if you wanted!
A splash of ginger ale is nice because it adds a little more flavor. Lemon-lime soda or lime sparkling water would be delicious too!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 4 lime wedges
- 4 oz Irish whiskey
- crushed ice
- splash of tonic water or ginger ale
- lime for garnish
- For the simple syrup; combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and let it simmer until sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Place mint leaves in a cocktail shaker along with lime wedges and syrup;muddle leaves with a wooden spoon. Add Irish whiskey and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and pour into prepared glasses. Top with a splash of tonic water or ginger ale. Serve with additional lime wedges if desired.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 219Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 2gSugar 35gProtein 1g