Rich, smooth, and refreshing, this mojito with dark rum is a delicious twist on the classic. This cocktail recipe couldn’t be easier – just measure, stir and then sit back and relax!
Why you want to make this
- When it comes to easy rum cocktails, it’s no surprise that the mojito tops the list – although I think rum and ginger beer or this rum sour gives it a run for its money!
- Sweet, tart with a hint of spice and fresh mint, this Cuban inspired drink is perfect for sipping on a hot and sultry afternoon – or evening, or with brunch…or pretty much anytime you want an easy and refreshing cocktail that hits all the traditional mojito flavor points… and then some!
- So now that I’ve convinced you to make it – let’s get to it!
As I said, this drink has a really short ingredient list!
- fresh mint
- fresh lime juice
- sweetener – I used demerara syrup but you could use simple syrup
- dark rum
- sparkling water or club soda.
Here’s what you will need to make a Mojito!
- Muddler – You can use a barspoon but my favorite muddler works much better.
- Tall glass – just about any tall glass works for this cocktail – I’ve had my eye on these beauties!!
- Jigger – cocktails are all about the proper ratios and an accurate, easy to use jigger is a must. This one is hands down my favorite!
This cocktail honestly could not be easier to make – no shaking required
- Add fresh mint and the brown sugar syrup to a tall glass and muddle.
- Add fresh lime juice and add in the juiced lime wedges for more flavor!
- Add crushed ice.
- Add the rum and top with sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with fresh mint and staws if you’re feeling fancy.
Hint: Be gentle when muddling the mint. You just need to lightly crush the mint leaves so that they release their oil. If you crush the leaves too much you’ll end up with bits of mint in the drink!
- Rum – this mojito recipe uses dark rum but you can substitute white or gold rum if that’s what you have. But I hope you’ll make it with dark rum – it’s really good!
- Demerara syrup– I used demerara sugar instead of white sugar to make a simple syrup. The molasses and caramel flavor really enhances the flavors of the dark rum. Obviously, you can use regular simple syrup or experiment with other sweeteners like honey or golden syrup.
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- tall glass
- 4 mint leaves
- ¾ oz. demerara syrup
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 2 oz. dark rum
- 3 oz. sparkling water or club soda
- In a tall glass, muddle the mint with the demerara syrup.
- Add the juiced lime wedges, lime juice and rum.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice.
- Top off with sparkling water or club soda.
- Garnish with straws, fresh mint and limes if desired.
- Dark Rum – no need to buy an expensive bottle of dark rum for this cocktail – save those for sipping.