• 1 part of Lime Juice
  • 2 parts of Light Rum
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • Garnish of Mint Sprigs
  • Garnish of Lime Slices
  • 1 part of Ice
  • Top up of Soda Water


The Mojito cocktail originated in Havana, Cuba, and quickly became one of the most popular cocktail drinks around. Although it’s been around for many years, it shot to fame in the 1980s to become one of the more fashionable tropical cocktails.

The recipe for the Mojito is pretty simple, being a rum-based drink that uses mint and sugar to bring out the flavour. It’s popular in cocktail bars all over the world and there are many variations of the recipe, but to try it at home here’s the classic recipe for a Mojito cocktail.

To make the cocktail, first of all put the sugar and mint leaves into a highball glass and mash together to release the mint oils. Squeeze in the lime juice, add the crushed ice and pour the rum over the top. Add the soda water to taste and stir, before garnishing with a mint sprig and adding one half of the lime for extra flavour.

This particular cocktail has quite a spicy taste to it, but is refreshed by the addition of mint leaves. It’s worth using premium brand rum to get the best taste, and for a variation on this classic recipe why not try a different type of rum, for example by using dark rum instead of white.

Or, for a completely different flavour there are other variations such as Apple or Raspberry Mojitos, which have the addition of flavoured liqueurs to add a new dimension. Whatever recipe it tried, it’s well worth giving the classic Mojito a go.