How to make a classic mojito

There are many theories as to how the mojito, a traditional Cuban highball cocktail, got its name. Whether from the Spanish mojadito, meaning ‘a little wet’, or from the Cuban spice mojo, made from lime, it can’t be denied that this one’s a refreshing crowd-pleaser. Here’s how to make it.

Classic mojito

Ingredients (for 1 drink):

1 lime
8-10 leaves mint
1 tsp castor sugar
Crushed ice
50ml light rum
Soda water – we used the Sodastream

Ingredients for mojitos

1. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into your glass.
2. To this, add the fresh mint. Clap it with cupped hands to release the minty flavour. Add a heaped teaspoon of castor sugar.

Lemon and mint for mojitos

3. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in 50ml of light rum.
4. Gently mix the ingredients with a spoon or muddler to release the flavour of the mint.
5. Get your soda water ready with your Sodastream. Insert a Sodastream bottle, filled with cold water, into your Sodastream. Pump the Sodastream until the desired carbonation is reached and release.

Soda Stream usage guide

6. Top up your glass with soda water and garnish with a slice of lime .

Mojito soda water and garnishing

For more pleasing party thirst quenchers, try these cocktail recipes.


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Written by Andrèa Fedder

Drea, as we fondly called her, was wordsmith and content manager here at Yuppiechef for several years. She thought in metaphors and was always hungry. When not dreaming up recipes, stories and food journeys, she writes, observes, explores and collects natural things and travel experiences. Can also happily eat capers and cheese for dinner. Follow her journey on @andreafedder. View more articles by .

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