5 Unique Cocktails Every Mojito Lover Will Adore

Updated 01/06/17

We hardly need an excuse to kick back with a cocktail after a long day, but today is National Mojito Day, so there's an extra reason to order a mint-and-lime libation. To celebrate, we've rounded up five lip-smacking-good creations that offer a curious twist on the classic Cuban cocktail—think blackberry and basil with rum or a cucumber cooler, the so-called "upgraded mojito." Ready the bar car and start happy hour with one of these mojito-inspired cocktails.

Constance Higley for Style Me Pretty

Grapefruit Mint Mojito

Star ingredient: Grapefruit. This subtle twist on a classic mojito is seriously refreshing. The combination of tart citrus, zesty lime, and fragrant mint makes it perfect for sweltering summer nights.

Make it now: It doesn't get simpler than this. Visit Style Me Pretty to whip up a grapefruit mint mojito tonight—it takes just three minutes.

How Sweet Eats

Rosé Champagne Mojitos

Star ingredient: Rosé wine syrup. This delicate blush-colored cocktail uses a wine-and-sugar reduction to offset the strong citrus flavor with a sweet touch.

Try it now: The wine reduction bumps the prep time for How Sweet Eats' rosé champagne mojitos up to 30 minutes, but it's worth the effort.

The Minimalist Baker

Blackberry Basil Mojito

Star ingredient: Basil. The savory herb gives this classic lime-and-rum cocktail an unexpected twist.

Try it now: This seven-ingredient blackberry basil mojito from The Minimalist Baker takes only five minutes to whip up.

Jelly Toast

Pineapple Mojito

Star ingredient: You guessed it: pineapple. This tropical libation is equal parts acidic and sweet. Clap fresh lime sprigs between your hands to release the flavor and aroma. 

Make it now: Ready to get started on a batch of pineapple mojitos? Jelly Toast has the full recipe. 

The Minimalist Baker

Cucumber Cooler

Star ingredient: Gin. Part mojito, part gin and tonic, this cocktail hybrid might confuse your taste buds at first, but it works. Be sure to use a cocktail shaker and muddle to infused all the subtle flavors.

Make it now: This four-step recipe can be found at The Minimalist Baker.

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