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Strawberry Mojito

This Strawberry Mojito is the perfect summer spin on a classic! When strawberries are at their peak, their sweetness (and pretty color!) offer a delightful twist on the traditional mojito.

How to Make a Mojito Cocktail red cocktail in glass with strawberries and mint
Nancy Mitchell

Few drinks are as refreshing on a hot summer day as a good mojito. Sugar, mint, rum, lime—it's heaven in a glass.

The mojito is already practically a perfect drink in every way, so what could possibly make it better? A little seasonal fruit, like strawberries! When they reach their peak at the beginning of summer, strawberries are an excellent accompaniment to a mojito's sweet, sour, minty flavor.

Which Rum to Use for a Mojito

I use Bacardi, but any white rum will do. White rum (also called silver or light rum) is clear, like vodka, and has a subtle, sweet flavor. It appears in a lot of classic rum cocktails, like the pina colada, the daiquiri, and of course, the mojito. Since you’re mixing rum with other ingredients, an ultra-premium rum isn’t necessary.

Summer Mojito Cocktail - strawberries on table with mint in glass
Nancy Mitchell

The Right Tools to Make a Mojito

I recommend the following tools if you're going to make a mojito. You can do without them, of course, but they'll make the job a lot easier. (They're also quite useful for making other cocktails, too!)

First, a muddler. Muddlers, which can be made from wood, metal, or rubber, look like tiny meat tenderizers on a stick. When you use a muddler to smash or pulverize fruits and herbs, it brings out their flavor and aroma.

You can use the back of a spoon to do the job, but when it comes to cocktails like mojitos, mint juleps, or a whiskey smash, a muddler really is best.

Second, a citrus juicer. I juice a lot of citrus when making cocktails, and I absolutely swear by a handheld citrus juicer like this one. (In case you didn’t know, this is how to correctly juice a lemon or lime.) There are other ways to juice limes, including with your hands, but I find this to be the quickest and most efficient.

Lastly, a canvas ice bag. The most important part of a mojito is not the rum, or the lime, or even the mint. It's the ice. Without crushed ice, a mojito isn't a mojito. The problem is that unless you can afford a $400 countertop pebble ice maker, or your refrigerator helpfully generates it for you, making crushed ice is kind of a pain.

The best way I’ve found to do this is with a canvas ice bag. You place the ice in it, and then beat the tar out of it with a rolling pin. (You can also use an ice mallet, but I find that a rolling pin works just as well.) Voila—crushed ice!

More Summer-Ready Cocktails

Strawberry Mojito

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Serving 1 mojito
I like to use a simple syrup made with turbinado sugar in my mojitos, since it brings out the molasses flavors of the rum, but plain white sugar works as well.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 strawberries, hulled and sliced (4 if small berries, 3 if medium, 2 if truly massive)
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water; I prefer turbinado sugar)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce sparkling water
  • Crushed ice

Method

  1. Muddle the strawberries:

    Place the strawberries, mint, and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass, and muddle until the strawberries are smushed and juicy. If you don’t have a muddler, crumple the mint with your hands just a bit before dropping it into the glass, then smush with the back of a spoon to release the flavor.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients:

    Add crushed ice on top of the strawberries and mint, then pour in the lime juice and rum.

  3. Stir:

    Use a bar spoon or teaspoon to stir the drink. Don't stir too vigorously, otherwise you'll bring the mint to the surface!

  4. Top with sparkling water:

    Fill the remainder of the glass with more crushed ice, then top with sparkling water.