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Ever wondered how to make a mojito? This post explains everything about what’s in a mojito and how to make them in a pitcher. It’s an easy recipe that’s the perfect party punch!
Easy Mojito Recipe in a Pitcher
A mojito is a classic highball recipe of Cuban origin. It’s a minty cocktail that is absolutely delicious and totally is the perfect party punch. The classic recipe makes just one drink but since you have to buy limes and mint, I prefer making these in a pitcher for parties – or to store in the fridge to drink all week long.
Ever wondered what alcohol is in a mojito? If you want to learn how to make this easy cocktail then read on – I’m going to show you how to make this classic. You’ll be wanting one ASAP!
Table of Contents
Limes: Lime juice is the backbone of the drink. You need 6 large limes for this recipe but since lime size varies by region, buy extra, just in case. You’ll need FRESH limes for this – not bottled juice!
Mint: Mojitos are a combination of mint and lime so you need some fresh mint.
Sugar: Granulated sugar is used to muddle the mint – you don’t need much, just a teaspoon.
Simple Syrup: This is for sweetness and I actually add just a bit, then allow drinkers to add more to taste.
Rum: The alcohol in a mojito is white rum. Buy your favorite brand (and see below for variations).
Club Soda: This is filler and perfect for party punch recipes.
How to make a Mojito in a Pitcher
1. Juice the Limes: Slice two limes for garnish. Juice the other 4 limes, you should get about ¾ cup juice.
2. Muddle the Mint: Place the mint leaves and granulated sugar in a glass and muddle them well until they are bruised and fragrant, this may take a few minutes. Place the muddled mint into the bottom of your pitcher.
3. Mix: Add the simple syrup, lime juice, and rum to the pitcher. Stir to combine. Add the club soda and gently stir.
4. Pour: Garnish glasses with lime slices and fresh mint. Add ice to the glasses and pour the mojitos over the ice and serve.
Making Mojitos Ahead and Storing Instructions
To make Pitcher Mojitos ahead of time: Do all the steps up until the club soda. Don’t add the soda yet – stir the lime, mint, rum, and simple syrup in the pitcher. Cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add the soda just before serving.
Storing Pitcher Mojitos: It’s best to store the pitcher without the soda or it will go flat. I love making it and having the pitcher in the fridge, then making myself a cocktail whenever I feel like it. Simply pour a glass, top it with soda and enjoy!
- Mojitos with Vodka: Simply substitute the rum with vodka
- Mojitos with Tequila: Substitute the rum with clear tequila
- Pineapple Mojitos: Add pineapple juice to the mixture and use less simple syrup.
- Strawberry Mojito: Add sliced strawberries to the mint when muddling.
- Virgin Mojito: Simply omit the rum and use more club soda!
- Buy extra limes in case you need more to get 3/4 cup lime juice.
- You can add the entire cup of simple syrup when making these if you want. I prefer to add 1/2 cup and then taste for sweetness. If I’m having a party I’ll also serve extra simple syrup on the side for people to add to their cocktail.
- Make your own simple syrup by adding equal parts water and sugar to a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved then place in a jar to cool. Store in refrigerator to use for up to 3 weeks.
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- 6 large limes (¾ cup (178ml) lime juice), divided
- 30 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup (237ml) simple syrup (see note)
- ¾ cup (178ml) white rum
- 3 cups (711ml) club soda
- Slice two of the limes and set them aside for garnish. Juice the other 4 limes, you should get about ¾ cup juice, set aside.
- Place the mint leaves and granulated sugar in a glass and muddle them well until they are bruised and fragrant, this may take a few minutes. Place the muddled mint into the bottom of your pitcher.
- Add the simple syrup, lime juice, and rum to the pitcher. Stir to combine.
- Add the club soda and gently stir.
- Garnish glasses with lime slices and fresh mint. Add ice to the glasses and pour the mojitos over the ice and serve.
- Simple Syrup: I like to add 1/2 cup of simple syrup to the mixture to start, then taste and add more, or I’ll leave additional syrup on the side for guests to sweeten as they like.
- Make Ahead: You can even make them ahead by doing all the steps up the adding the club soda and place the pitcher in the fridge, then just before serving, add the club soda and stir. You don’t want the club soda to sit in the pitcher in the fridge because it may become flat.
- Double the Recipe: You can double all the ingredients except you may not need 2 full cups of simple syrup. Start with 1 cup and add more as desired.
Pitcher Mojitos are perfect for a party – learn how to make a big batch of my favorite mojito recipe with just a few ingredients: lime, mint, rum, sugar and simple syrup.
Rave reviews on these mojitos! Everyone agreed they were better than what you’d get at a nice cocktail bar.
We made them a few hours ahead of time and added club soda as we served. This recipe easily doubled.
Thanks for sharing!
Best Mojitos we (friends and family) have every made at home. We did reduce the amount of simple syrup for our taste preference. They are a little labor intensive so I suggest making them ahead of time. Yummmmm!
I plan on making your ” Strawberry Mojitos” for our camping trip. I would like to make them ahead of time. I will add club soda at last minute of course. Have you ever tried it? Wondering how many days would work?
You can make any of them up to 1 day in advance, usually, and add club soda right before serving. I do it with several of my pitcher recipes!