How to Master a Classic Mojito + 6 Mouthwatering Variations to Try

Beat the heat with these must-try mojitos.

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When it’s this hot outside, you have to be strategic with your cocktail selection. Some concoctions just don’t pair well with the summer sun. What does, you ask? An ice-cold mojito. Fresh lime juice gives the perfect citrus bite, while mint sprigs add a refreshing coolness to the drink. Best of all, it won’t ruin your cocktail if the ice melts a bit. The drink’s strong flavors can balance a little water. Try our classic mojito recipe, or get creative with one of our tasty variations.

When mastering the classic, there are a few important tips to remember:

1: Always use fresh lime juice. Skipping this step will change the flavor of the drink.

2: Don’t over-muddle the mint.

3: Don’t substitute gold or dark rum for silver rum.

4: If you grow your own mint (or your friendly neighbor does), use it! The fresher, the better.

Classic Mojito

Mojito Cocktail with Mint Sprig

Mojito Cocktail with Mint Sprig

Make a mojito even more refreshing by adding a mint spring to the rum drink served over ice.

Black and Blue Mojito

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Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

Drink in the tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut and your fresh garden mint in this flavor-packed cocktail .

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Image courtesy of Cocina 214

Berry Rose Mojito

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Carrie Jo Pickens, Texture Photo

Strawberry Mojito

Strawberry Mojito

Strawberry Mojito

Put a sweet and springy twist on the mojito with fresh strawberries and lemons. To make this cocktail, you'll need: 4 strawberries, 4 thin lemon wedges, 5 mint leaves, 1 mint sprig for garnish, sparkling water and ice cubes as needed (based on glass size).

Virgin Grapefruit Mojito

Grapefruit Mojito Mocktails

Grapefruit Mojito Mocktails

They may look real, but these grapefruit mojitos are mocktails. The refreshing blend of citrus and mint is perfect for a warm summer afternoon.

Cilantro Mojito

Types of Mint for Container Gardening

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There are dozens of different types of mint. Here are some of the best choices for container gardening.

Lemon Mint: Works Well in Green and Fruit Salads

Mint is best used fresh, but you can preserve leaves for use in winter. Lemon mint combines peppermint and citrus flavors.

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Apple Mint: Often Used in Sauces

Apple mint, Mentha suaveolens, has oval leaves and mauve flowers that appear in summer.  It is good for mint sauce.

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Horse Mint: Use in Aromatherapy

Horse mint, Mentha longifolia, is a wild plant with gray leaves and spires of purple flowers.

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Ginger Mint: Spicy Mint Scent

Ginger mint has oval leaves with a spicy mint scent that goes well with vegetables and fruit.

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Eau de Cologne Mint: Highly Aromatic

Be careful planting mint as it may take over the garden. Eau de Cologne offers a wonderful aroma. Infuse leaves in vinegar.

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Pineapple Mint: Pretty When Paired

Pretty pineapple mint planted with violas and bacopa makes a cottage-style combination for a large rustic container, such as an old chimney pot.

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