The classic rum cocktail gets a spicy kick to complement the mint! My Spicy Jalapeño Mojito with mint is the perfect refreshing cocktail for summer!
The Best Mojito Recipe
I have been making quite a few cocktails lately, mostly because it’s summer and so hot here in Arizona, but also because I have been making cocktails with sparkling water. I don’t know about you, but I can always use new ways to get more water into my life!
A refreshing and crazy-good cocktail is the Mojito. A simple, bright, and flavorful Cuban cocktail made with rum. The basic recipe for a Mojito is easy to make:
- Club Soda
That’s it! To make a mojito, all you do is muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges with a little sugar to break them down. Add the rum and top with club soda. Light, bright, and so flavorful. The aroma of the mint rises up into your nostrils while you drink it making you think of sweet and tart at the same time!
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Jalapeño Mojito Ingredients
For this Spicy Jalapeño Mojito, I am using the basic ingredients as I talked about above, and adding some spice and a new twist on the club soda ingredient. First off, I am using more mint leaves than usual. I do this to balance out the heat from the jalapeño pepper.
Second, I muddle the jalapeño slices with the lime and leave out the sugar. I also leave the seeds in the jalapeño slices to help break down the limes and the mint leaves. If you don’t want your jalapeño Mojito that spicy, feel free to leave out the jalapeño seeds and even change the number of jalapeño slices used.
Third, I skip the club soda for reasons I talk about in my Amaretto Sour cocktail post and opt for Sparkling Water instead. Using Sparkling Water instead of club soda allows you to enhance certain flavors in the mojito. You can use coconut sparkling water like I do in my Blackberry Coconut Splash, but I opted to bring out the flavors of the lime this time.
Because the jalapeño is strong with heat, and the mint is strong, I chose to bring out the lime flavor a little more by using a Key Lime flavored sparkling water.
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FAQ about Mojito Cocktails:
- Q: Can a mojito be made with lemon instead of lime?
A: Yes, you can! Switching up the lime and using lemon brings a little brightness to the cocktail and enhances the rum. You can also use lemon if you are adding in other flavors like pineapple or watermelon to enhance those flavors.
- Q: Can mojitos be made ahead of time??
A: Yes, but the longer the jalapeño sits, the spicier it will get. Also, leave out the sparkling water until just before serving to keep the carbonation alive!
- Q: Can mojitos be made by the pitcher?
A: Yes, just multiply the original recipe by the number of servings you want to make (or will fit in your pitcher) and prepare. Again, just be sure to leave out the bubbly part until right before serving to keep it fresh.
- Q: Can Mojitos be made with other spirits besides rum??
A: Yes! You can substitute the rum for tequila, vodka, or gin. Here are some links to check out: Patrón Mojito, Vodka Mojito, Gin Mojito (called a Southern Cocktail).
- Q: Can mojitos be made frozen?
A: Yes, here is a link to a great Frozen Mojito Slushie to show you how to do it.
- Q: When is National Mojito Day?
A: July 11th. Mark your calendars and be prepared!
Mojito Recipe with Simple Syrup
If you are trying to cut down on your calories, this Spicy Jalapeño Mojito is perfect for you! I don’t use the sugar in the basic recipe because it is really only there to help break down the mint leave and limes and draw out their juices. If you muddle the ingredients a little longer this same effect can be achieved.
Some may like the extra little bit of sugar that using it brings. Having the sugar granules in the cocktail isn’t one of my favorite things, especially if the sugar hasn’t dissolved all the way. I prefer to make a simple syrup (a water sugar mixture where the sugar is completely dissolved) and add a teaspoon or two to my drink. I have a spicy jalapeño simple syrup that you can use instead of the sugar and the fresh jalapeño peppers.
Other Mojito Recipes to Try:
- Lemon-Lime Mojitos
- Pineapple Mint Mojito
- Frozen Coconut Mojito
- Blueberry Mojito
- Strawberry Pineapple Mojito
- Apple Lavender Mojito
Looking for other simple cocktails? Check out these 3 Ingredient Drinks to make!
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Easy, Refreshing, Sparkling, and Spicy Jalapeño Mojito Recipe
- 1 whole lime (cut into 8 wedges)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional)
- 1.5 oz rum
- lime sparkling water (I prefer Key Lime LaCroix for this one)
- 10 mint leaves (fresh)
- 2 slices jalapeño (fresh)
Prepare your Spicy Jalapeño Mojito
- In your tall glass, add the limes, mint leaves, and jalapeño slices.
- Muddle until the mint, limes, and jalapeños are bruised and the oils/juices are released.
- Add the rum.
- Stir to combine.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Fill the rest of the space with your Lime Sparkling Water.
- Garnish with a mint leaf, lime slice, and/or jalapeño slice.
- Enjoy Responsibly!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 10gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.