Last updated on October 15, 2023 by Liza Hawkins
If you’re looking for a new and yummy cocktail to try, mojitos with gin are a fun twist on a classic drink that screams summertime (or anytime, as far as I’m concerned)!
I first whipped up this simple gin mojito recipe at the end of an unplugged family vacation, relaxed from a break of the everyday blather. Ahhhh, that feels so good.
Every few years my side of the family changes up the location where we all (the four of us, my parents, my sister and brother-in-law and their two kids) meet up. We like a relaxing, sleepy place with great views, cool evening air, and a slower pace.
We spend loads of time reading and doing puzzles — a nerdy blend of classic, non-internet-based fun. There’s also plenty of time logged sitting on docks, gazing out at a tree lined lake, taking hikes in mountains, biking near the shore, and soaking in vitamin D.
We also tend to eat every meal in on our family vacations, which is a nice money saver, and also less of a hassle with children in tow, as far as I’m concerned. And, it doesn’t hurt that we all love to cook!
As with every vacation, get together, girls’ weekend, weekend road trip — you name it — my sister and I make it a point to craft a few cocktails based on a single liquor. More times than not, gin is the star since we both love the fresh, herby notes. One year we decided to try our hand at mojitos.
But not your regular, everyday classic mojito…
Mojitos With Gin
A classic mojito is a simple blend of rum, club soda, fresh mint leaves, limes, and sugar.
And they’re also refreshing, which can be dangerous if you have a generous bartender, or a friend who’s intent on keeping your cup full. (This is not necessarily a bad thing.)
A London Mojito — a mojito recipe with gin, not rum — is something special, mostly because I happen to love gin a lot more than I do rum.
So, there’s that.
Anyway, to make these fantastically refreshing mojitos with gin, I sliced up half a lime into little wedges and dropped them into the bottom of a pint-sized mason jar.
(Yes, you want to use a mason jar. You’ll see why in a sec.)
Then I poured simple syrup and fresh lime juice on top.
Next up, a healthy clump of fresh mint.
I love looooots of mint in my mojitos.
And then I used the handle of a wooden spoon to muddle it all together.
Muddle is a fancy word for smash.
Then I filled the mason jar with ice and poured the gin over top. Lastly, on went the lid, and I shook the heck out of it for one minute.
It felt cold. Like REALLY cold. As in, “Was this mason jar in the freezer?” cold. This is what you want.
Last, but not least, I added club soda (or seltzer, or tonic water … some sort of bubble-fied water), along with more fresh mint (you can never have too much fresh mint in a mojito), and then we enjoyed the spoils!
Cocktail purists may be cringing at that last step (rather than pour the shaken beverage over top a fresh glass of ice). I, on the other hand, think it’s both fun and practical to make a one cup cocktail!
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Mojitos with gin are the perfect twist on a classic cocktail!
- 1 lime
- 1 ounce simple syrup*
- 1 ounce dry gin
- 20 mint leaves
- 6 ounces club soda
- 5 ice cubes
- Slice the lime in half. Cut one of the halves into small wedges and drop them into a pint-sized mason jar.
- Squeeze the juice of the other half into the mason jar.
- Add 15 mint leaves, the ice cubes, the simple syrup and then the gin. Screw on the lid.
- Shake the mason jar vigorously for 1 minute. The jar will become very cold and frosty (this is good)!
- Unscrew the lid, then add the club soda and remaining mint leaves. Enjoy immediately!
*Simple syrup is easy to make—the ratio is 1:1 granulated sugar to water. Combine the sugar and water, and bring it to a boil (stove-top in a pot, or in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave) and then stir it until the sugar has melted. Let the simple syrup cool in the fridge, and then use as needed for cocktails, coffee, or other recipes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 17gSugar: 14gProtein: 8g