Mojito Madness: 5 Modern Twists on the Classic Cocktail

– by Mark MacDonald – 

 

A classic Mojito

A classic Mojito

The mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail loved by author Ernest Hemingway and served in bars across the world. The traditional mojito is made by muddling lime, sugar and mint together with rum, then adding club soda. Refreshing and delicious, it’s no wonder the cocktail is a favorite. Here are some new takes on the classic cocktail.

Strawberry-Basil Mojito

Strawberry-Basil Mojito

1. Strawberry-Basil Mojito 

Working with the same principles as a classic mojito, the strawberry basil mojito combines the herbaceous tones basil with the sweet and citrus flavors strawberry and sugar.

4 strawberries, cut in half

1½ ounces white rum

4 fresh basil leaves

1½ tablespoons demerara sugar

4 ounces soda water

Muddle 4 strawberries (cut in half) with 4 fresh basil leaves and 1½ tablespoons sugar. If you can get some demerara sugar it’s a nice touch, adding a nutty flavor. The citric acid from the fruit will mix with the sugar to break it down into a simple syrup. Add in your white rum, then add ice and top it off with 4 ounces club soda. The cocktail looks great and tastes even better.

Blueberry-Thyme Mojito

Blueberry-Thyme Mojito

2. Blueberry-Thyme Mojito 

Many modern versions the mojito use dark rum as opposed to white, and the blueberry thyme mojito is a good example when to use dark.

¼ cup blueberries

4 ounces soda water

1½ ounces dark rum

¼ teaspoon thyme leaves

2 thyme stalks

1½ tablespoons sugar

Muddle ¼ cup fresh blueberries, 1½ tablespoons sugar and a ¼ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves to create your simple syrup, then add in 1½ ounces dark rum, ice, and 4 ounces soda water. It’s best to wash the thyme, then dry it with paper towel and remove the leaves. Add a couple of stalks to give the cocktail a subtle woody flavor. To add nutty tones to the cocktail, try using demerara sugar. The blueberry thyme mojito is a tasty dark rum rendition of the mojito cocktail.

Cucumber Gin Mojito

Cucumber Gin Mojito

3. Cucumber Gin Mojito 

Though traditional mojitos are made with rum, modern takes on the cocktail use gin as a spirit. The cucumber gin mojito is a tasty example.

5 slices cucumber

1½ ounces gin

5 mint leaves

1 tablespoon sugar

4 ounces soda water

Muddle 5 slices cucumber, 1½ ounces gin, a tablespoon sugar and 6 leaves mint together then strain the mixture into your glass. Add a few the muddled mint leaves, ice, and 4 ounces soda water. Give it a spritz lime to make the cocktail really pop. The cucumber mojito drink is great example a gin mojito, refreshing and delicious.

Peach Mojito

Peach Mojito

4. Peach Mojito 

When peaches are in season, it’s likely you’ll have so many you won’t know what to do with them. The peach mojito is a tasty way to use every last one.

4 slices peach

1½ ounces white rum

5 mint leaves

1 tablespoon sugar

4 ounces soda water

Muddle 4 slices peach, 5 mint leaves, a tablespoon sugar and 1½ ounces white rum together to make a simple syrup, then top with ice and 4 ounces soda water. To mix well, pour the drink into another glass and then back into yours. Add a spritz of lime to take down the sweetness. Peaches are their own are delicious, but in a cocktail? Even better.

Coconut-Chili Mojito

Coconut-Chili Mojito

5. Coconut-Chili Mojito 

A bold take on the popular cocktail, the coconut chili mojito combines spicy and sweet in a daring way.

¼ of a red chili pepper

1½ ounces coconut rum

½ lime

5 mint leaves

1 tablespoon sugar

4 ounces soda water

Muddle ½ a lime (cut into pieces) with 1 tablespoon (preferably raw) sugar, 5 mint leaves and ¼ a red chili (sliced and deseeded). Add in 1½ ounces coconut rum, ice, and 4 ounces soda water. The flavors blend over time, so make sure to slowly drink the cocktail in order to properly enjoy it. The coconut chili mojito is a refined drink for those willing to try a unique cocktail.

Using the basic mojito principles, there are endless ways to create new renditions the classic cocktail. Whether or not Hemingway would drink them is another story altogether.