Classic mojito recipe

This bright and delicious recipe for a classic mojito cocktail is one you'll come back to over and over.

  • 5 mins preparation
  • Serves 4
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  • 2 limes
  • 30 millilitre sugar syrup
  • 12 sprigs fresh mint, plus extra, to serve
  • 90 millilitre white rum
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • fresh mint leaves, extra
Sugar syrup
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • 1
    Make sugar syrup. Cut lime into quarters; place 6 lime wedges into cocktail shaker. Using muddler, crush lime wedges with sugar syrup and sprigs of mint. Add rum and ice; shake vigorously.
  • 2
    Strain into four 125ml glasses; top with soda water. Add remaining lime wedges and extra mint leaves to glass.
Sugar syrup
  • 3
    Stir 1 cup caster sugar with 1 cup water in small saucepan, over low heat, until sugar dissolves; bring to the boil.
  • 4
    Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, without stirring, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.


You can buy sugar syrup from liquor stores or make your own.

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