The Mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail. Mojitos were made famous by Ernest Hemingway, who enjoyed them at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba.

Mojitos are simple, refreshing cocktails that derive their unique flavor from a combination of light rum, lime juice, and crushed mint leaves.

For the tastiest Mojitos, use the freshest ingredients you can find. If you like, try adding a splash of Angostura bitters to your Mojito. Although it isn’t traditional, many Havana hotels use bitters to cut through the sweetness of the drink.

The refreshing combination of citrus, sweetness and carbonation makes the mojito a perfect highball for summer.

Things You'll Need

Place mint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass. Crush the mint leaves with a spoon to release the flavors.

Add lime juice, rum and simple syrup to glass. Stir with a spoon.

Fill the glass with crushed ice.

Top with soda water. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.


  • You can make simple syrup by combining equal parts warm water and sugar. Stir the mixture until sugar is completely dissolved.