Southern Style Mojito Recipe

Widely considered as the national drink of Cuba, the Mojito is also a Southern favorite. In keeping with the Mint Julep, a Southern style Mojito makes good use of fresh garden mint and is totally refreshing on a hot summer day. Said to be created by Sir Frances Drake, and perfected by marauding pirates pillaging gold and rum, fans of the drink include Ernest Hemingway and countless celebrity chefs. This Southern Mojito recipe makes one glass, but can be adjusted to make a pitcher.




Mojito Recipe 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1 (adjust proportions based on servings needed)


1 part light rum

3 parts club soda

15-20 mint leaves – best if fresh from the garden

½ lime

½ parts sugar (to taste) or simple syrup


Place mint leaves, sugar, and lime in bottom of glass. Gently muddle with a pestle or back of spoon until you can smell the mint. Be careful not to over crush the mint leaves, as they can turn bitter. Add club soda and rum – mix gently and serve over ice. Garnish with additional lime and mint.