Everyone should know how to make a signature drink. And no, we're not talking about simply pouring a glass from a bottle of wine (although that's a good idea). Whipping up a cocktail with a few tools and ingredients is an easy hobby to take up, and considering how many summer parties are on the horizon, it's bound to be well worth your time. Convinced? Then get started with a mojito, an instantly refreshing concoction that's ideal in warm weather.
First learn the basics by mastering its classic ingredients—white rum, fresh lime juice, mint, simple syrup, and club soda—and then expand from there with other fruits and finishes. We gathered the 11 best mojito recipes we could find so that you can perfect them in the coming months. With a little practice and a lot of cheers, you're sure to have this signature drink down by September.
Ingredients: Chris Morocco of Bon Appétit keeps it classic with this recipe for a traditional mojito. All you need are the essentials.
Bartender Move: "Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a tall Collins glass filled with ice," Chris says.
Ingredients: When the occasion calls for something a little more festive, follow the Foodie Crush's lead and add cava to the recipe. Basil makes an appearance, too.
Bartender Move: "Put the mint, Thai basil, sugar, and lime wedges into a small glass and muddle in batches, if needed," Heidi says.
Ingredients: Mercer Kitchen in New York City spelled out this recipe for a pineapple mint mojito in Bon Appétit back in 2013, but it's still a crowd pleaser. All you need to add is a peeled and cored pineapple that's cut into one-inch pieces.
Bartender Move: "Pour drink into a highball glass (do not strain) and top off with club soda," the recipe notes. "Garnish with a lime wedge and serve with a straw."
Ingredients: Fresh strawberries, not purée, are the key to this recipe by Joyful Healthy Eats. Garnish the glass with one, and throw in a few lime slices for color and flavor, too.
Bartender Move: "Instead of a simple syrup I used agave as the sweetener," Krista says.
Ingredients: As if drinking a mojito didn't feel like a vacation already, this option from How Sweet Eats adds more beachy flavors by using coconut rum and mango puree as part of the recipe.
Bartender Move: "Depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you may want to add more or less simple syrup, so I suggest tasting as you go," Jessica says.
Ingredients: Leave it to Martha Stewart to showcase a version that's perfect for summer—the watermelon mojito. Make it look as perfect as she would by choosing a seedless option, too.
Bartender Move: "With the back of a wooden spoon, crush mint and lime until sugar is dissolved," the recipe notes.
Ingredients: Brita from Food With Feeling didn't use rum to make her peach mojito. Instead, she opted for Alize Peach Liqueur to give it an added sweetness.
Bartender Move: "I would typically put about one to two tablespoons of sugar in a cocktail like this, but when using the pure stevia powder, you'll only use a small pinch," she says.
Ingredients: Adam and Joanne of Inspired Taste made one simple but effective change to the classic mojito—they added as many blueberries as they wanted.
Bartender Move: "You can use fresh or frozen (and thawed) blueberries for this, so while it may look like a summer drink, this is totally doable all year-round," they said.
Cucumber and Ginger
Ingredients: Lillian Kang at Salt and Wind made a mojito that much more refreshing by adding Persian cucumbers and two bottles of chilled ginger beer to the mix.
Bartender Move: "Cut the cucumbers in quarters lengthwise. Then, using a spoon, scrape out the seeds of each piece into a Tom Collins glass or another tall, narrow glass," she says. "Reserve the cucumber quarters for garnish."
Salt and Wind
Ingredients: Aida Mollenkamp, who is also at Salt and Wind, infused her mojito recipe with passionfruit, thanks to learning about the trick on a trip to Thailand. She says that you can use a ripe version or puree to get the same results.
Bartender Move: "Tap until all the ice is broken up and crushed (you want a mix of ice sizes from pea-sized to snowlike)," Aida suggests.
The Butter Half
Ingredients: Sometimes there are going to be guests who can't drink alcohol. And when that happens, opt for the Butter Half's mojito mocktail, which uses pomegranate juice and seeds for looks and flavor.
Bartender Move: "In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar over high heat," Abbey says to start things off. "Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil."