This mango mojito recipe is very easy to make and is super refreshing on a hot day. They are especially good with a spicy meal or appetizer. Try this mango version, a wonderful spin on the classic mojito.
Ever since we started growing mint in an herb garden years ago, I was always looking for ways to use it. It works well in many salads, soups, and other recipes. However, the quintessential pairing for fresh mint is a mojito.
What Are the Origins of the Mojito?
Although this is a subject of debate, many believe that the origin of the mojito was Havana, Cuba. It has been rumored to be the favorite cocktail of Ernest Hemingway where he drank it at one of his favorite watering holes in Havana. There is even a sign in the bar that boasts his signature for the drink, stating: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita.” However, Hemingway’s love of mojitos may be more myth than fact, it doesn’t dissuade the many visitors who order the cocktail at this bar.
Traditional Mojito Ingredients:
- Rum: White rum is traditionally used
- Fresh Limes: Better than lime juice as the lime peel releases lime oil
- Fresh Mint: This is what gives the drink its distinctive flavor
- Soda Water (aka Club Soda): Just a splash at the end
- Sweetener: White cane sugar
To prepare: muddle half a quartered lime with 10-15 mint leaves and a teaspoon of sugar. Add crushed ice, 2 shots of rum and club soda.
There are many variations and twists for mojitos and some that even use different herbs such as lavender or basil.
- Fruit Mojito: such as blackberry, pineapple, raspberry, watermelon, or blueberry
- Coconut Mojito: made with coconut rum, coconut milk and topped with coconut flakes
- Cucumber Lavender Mojito: a nice spin is to use lavender in place of mint
- Strawberry Basil Mojito: Juicy strawberries and fresh basil make it a winner
- 10-15 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 tsp. Stevia or Sugar
- 1/2 Fresh Lime (cut into quarters)
- 2 tbsp Pureed Fresh Mango
- 1 oz. Rum
- 1 oz. Mango Rum
- 2 oz. Club Soda or Seltzer
- Add mint leaves and lime into a lowball glass.
- Add the stevia or sugar. Muddle thoroughly to incorporate the ingredients.
- Fill glass half full with crushed ice. Add the mango puree, rums and give it a stir.
- Top with club soda. Enjoy!
- This is a great excuse to use fresh mint from your garden if you grow fresh mint
- We buy extra mangoes when they go on sale and I cut up and puree several of them and then freeze in small containers. It thaws quickly and tastes as good as freshly pureed mango.