Classic Mojito Criollo Cocktail Recipe

Some say the invention of this goes back to the mid 1500s but I doubt that, especially as rum was just being invented about then. No one knows who invented this drink or when. All that is known is that it was invented in Cuba. This is definitely the go-to party cocktails for most Cubans I know.

My dad, who is Cuban, grows mint and limes in his backyard just to make sure he always has some on hand to make a mojito as a moment’s notice. Muddle about 5 leaves for this drink. Mint is a necessity to make a proper Mojito.

Mojito Criollo Cocktail
Mojito Criollo Cocktail


  • 60 mls (2 oz) White Rum
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Lime Juice
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Simple Syrup
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • 150 mls (5 oz) Soda Water


Combine mint leaves and simple syrup in the serving glass and muddle together. Add spirit. Add ice to the serving glass and stir for 20 – 30 seconds. Pour soda water into glass and give the drink a couple last turns to mix.

ABV = 8%

Originated from Havana, Cuba

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