Header image: Satsuma Mojito from CHOW
A traditional Cuban drink, a classic mojito is white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint leaves. But why stick to tradition when there are so many summer renditions of a mojito that will impress your guests and keep them coming back to the bar? Rum is an easy spirit to pair with any kind of fruit – check out these 8 recipes for all-star mojitos you can muddle at home in no time.
1. Blueberry Mojito
Blueberry vodka along with fresh blueberries, mint, lime, and Sprit (or 7-Up) make for a perfectly refreshing summer drink that is ideal for your next get-together. Get the recipe here.
2. Rhubarb and Ginger Mojito
An unlikely and refreshing combo, the rhubarb and ginger simple syrup is what really makes this drink so special. Reduce the amount of sugar in the simple syrup if you want to make the drink a little less sweet. Get the recipe here.
3. Ginger Mojito
Ginger-lime simple syrup forms the basis of this ginger-spiked take on a mojito. Fresh mint, white rum, lime juice, club soda, and a sprig of fresh mint for garnish are all you need for a spicy-sweet cocktail. Get the recipe here.
4. Strawberry Mojito
Muddled strawberries are what make this mojito such a refreshing and fruity drink perfect for your next barbecue. Try substituting raspberries if you can’t find any in-season strawberries and add extra sugar if you need it. Get the recipe here.
5. Skinny Mojito
For a less-sweet (and allegedly healthier) take on a mojito, switch out the sugar for agave nectar. It’s a healthy substitute and you won’t even notice the difference in this low-cal recipe. Get the recipe here.
6. Cranberry Mojito
If you’re making a mojito, why not experiment with cranberries, the favorite flavor of every Cosmo-drinking gal? Use boiled fresh cranberries in this recipe so they’ll be softer and easy to mash up in your glass along with rum, mint, seltzer, cranberry juice, and a pinch of sugar. Get the recipe here.
7. Floral Mojito
St. Germain is an unexpected surprise in this mojito, sweetened with honey and garnished with mint, lemon, and lime. Add edible flowers as an added garnish if you can find them for an extra summery touch. Get the recipe here.
8. Cochon’s Satsuma Mojito
A whole Satsuma mandarin orange is crushed into a glass and then turned into a cocktail in this fruity fresh mojito. Lime, mint, simple syrup, and rum are mixed together for a surprisingly boozy treat. Get our Satsuma Mojito recipe.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.