Spiced Mojito Cocktail Drink

Spiced Mojito

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Want a twist on a classic cocktail? Try this Spiced Mojito recipe! It’s a tasty drink you can whip up quickly.

Spiced Mojito Recipe

This easy spiced mojito recipe will add some spice to your spring! You make it with white rum, lime juice, cane sugar syrup, fresh mint, and a touch of Jalapeño pepper - the perfect cocktail for warm spring evenings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

192 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum, preferably Cuban
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • cane sugar syrup
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 oz soda water, to top up
  • 2 slices of fresh Jalapeno, adjust to taste
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Muddle: In your highball glass, put 2 slices of fresh Jalapeno and ⅔ cane sugar syrup. Muddle well.
  • Add Mint: Take 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other to release its aromas. Drop it into the glass.
  • Add Lime Juice: Pour in 1 oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Rum: Measure and pour 2 oz White Rum into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the glass with approx. 1-2 oz soda water.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime wedge and/or a sprig of mint and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you don't have white rum, you can use gold or dark rum. Spiced rum can be a nice alternative too!
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available, but the flavor will be less vibrant. Fresh lemon juice can also work in a pinch if you're out of limes. The flavor will be slightly different but still refreshing.
  • Cane Sugar Syrup: You can make your own syrup by dissolving equal parts cane sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, you can also use regular simple syrup to make this cocktail. You can substitute sugar with honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part water) or agave syrup if you prefer a more natural sweetener.
  • Jalapeno: If you're not into spicy drinks, leave it out entirely or replace it with cucumber for a refreshing twist.
  • Soda Water: for an even spicier twist, you can use ginger beer instead of soda water to top up your drink.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute; several brands that mimic the rum flavor quite well are available. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week. You can also decide to omit the rum altogether, in which case you can use a dash of lime cordial as a substitute or simply use ginger beer or ginger ale to top up instead of soda water to give the drink an extra kick of flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular rum, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Spiced Mojito cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including rum, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.
The same goes for the sugar & sugar syrup, as some sugars are processed using bone char; to avoid this problem, stick to organic brown sugar when making your cane sugar syrup.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
192
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Potassium
 
483
mg
14
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Vitamin A
 
1967
IU
39
%
Vitamin C
 
222
mg
269
%
Calcium
 
28
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Spiced Mojito Cocktail Drink

Spiced Mojito Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This easy spiced mojito recipe will add some spice to your spring! You make it with white rum, lime juice, cane sugar syrup, fresh mint, and a touch of Jalapeño pepper - the perfect cocktail for warm spring evenings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 192

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz White Rum - preferably Cuban
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • cane sugar syrup
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 oz soda water - to top up
  • 2 slices of fresh Jalapeno - adjust to taste
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Muddle: In your highball glass, put 2 slices of fresh Jalapeno and ⅔ cane sugar syrup. Muddle well.
  • Add Mint: Take 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other to release its aromas. Drop it into the glass.
  • Add Lime Juice: Pour in 1 oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Rum: Measure and pour 2 oz White Rum into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the glass with approx. 1-2 oz soda water.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime wedge and/or a sprig of mint and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you don't have white rum, you can use gold or dark rum. Spiced rum can be a nice alternative too!
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available, but the flavor will be less vibrant. Fresh lemon juice can also work in a pinch if you're out of limes. The flavor will be slightly different but still refreshing.
  • Cane Sugar Syrup: You can make your own syrup by dissolving equal parts cane sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, you can also use regular simple syrup to make this cocktail. You can substitute sugar with honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part water) or agave syrup if you prefer a more natural sweetener.
  • Jalapeno: If you're not into spicy drinks, leave it out entirely or replace it with cucumber for a refreshing twist.
  • Soda Water: for an even spicier twist, you can use ginger beer instead of soda water to top up your drink.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute; several brands that mimic the rum flavor quite well are available. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week. You can also decide to omit the rum altogether, in which case you can use a dash of lime cordial as a substitute or simply use ginger beer or ginger ale to top up instead of soda water to give the drink an extra kick of flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular rum, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Spiced Mojito cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including rum, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.
The same goes for the sugar & sugar syrup, as some sugars are processed using bone char; to avoid this problem, stick to organic brown sugar when making your cane sugar syrup.

What is a Spiced Mojito?

A Spiced Mojito is a rum-based cocktail made of white rum, fresh lime juice, cane sugar syrup, mint leaves, soda water, and a touch of jalapeño pepper.

The Spiced Mojito is a variant of the classic Mojito – one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails known for its refreshing blend of lime, mint, and rum.

A side shot of a Spiced Mojito cocktail in highball glass on a wooden board surrounded by sugar cubes, a jalapeño and a bowl with limes and mint

What is a Spiced Mojito made of – The ingredients

For a Spiced Mojito, ensure you have these ingredients:

  • White Rum: The primary alcoholic component adds a smooth and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: They provide the drink with a refreshing and cooling effect.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tangy citrus flavor that balances the sweetness of the rum.
  • Cane Sugar Syrup: Sweetens the drink and helps mellow out the lime juice’s tartness.
  • Fresh Jalapeno Slices: Introduces a vegetal flavor as well as a subtle heat that adds an interesting twist to the traditional Mojito.
  • Soda Water: Gives the cocktail its characteristic fizz and lightness.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills the drink, making it more refreshing.
  • Lime Wedge and Mint Sprig (for garnish): Enhances the visual appeal and aroma of the drink.

White Rum, lime juice, cane sugar syrup, soda water, fresh jalapeños, mint leaves, sugar cubes and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Spiced Mojito?

Our guide makes it easy to learn how to prepare a Spiced Mojito:

1
<p>Start by adding 2 slices of jalapeño pepper in a highball glass (you can adjust the quantity to taste). The jalapeño will bring some heat to your drink as well as a crisp, vegetal taste.</p>

Start by adding 2 slices of jalapeño pepper in a highball glass (you can adjust the quantity to taste). The jalapeño will bring some heat to your drink as well as a crisp, vegetal taste.

2
<p>Add ⅔ ounce of cane sugar syrup. The cane sugar syrup will sweeten the cocktail and blend beautifully with the mint.</p>

Add ⅔ ounce of cane sugar syrup. The cane sugar syrup will sweeten the cocktail and blend beautifully with the mint.

3
<p>Muddle the jalapeño pepper with the syrup in the highball glass.</p>

Muddle the jalapeño pepper with the syrup in the highball glass.

4
<p>Pour in 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. The lime juice adds a refreshing and tangy citrus note, balancing the sweetness of the cane sugar syrup and the heat of the jalapeño pepper.</p>

Pour in 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. The lime juice adds a refreshing and tangy citrus note, balancing the sweetness of the cane sugar syrup and the heat of the jalapeño pepper.

5
<p>Now, take 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack them with the other. This releases the mint's essential oils and aromas, enhancing the flavor of your cocktail. </p>

Now, take 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack them with the other. This releases the mint's essential oils and aromas, enhancing the flavor of your cocktail.

6
<p>Drop the mint leaves into the glass.</p>

Drop the mint leaves into the glass.

7
<p>Measure and pour 2 ounces of white rum of your choice (preferably Cuban style, from molasses) into the glass. The rum serves as the cocktail’s base, providing a smooth and robust flavor.</p>

Measure and pour 2 ounces of white rum of your choice (preferably Cuban style, from molasses) into the glass. The rum serves as the cocktail’s base, providing a smooth and robust flavor.

8
<p>Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice. Crushed ice helps to chill the drink quickly and provides the perfect texture for a Mojito.</p>

Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice. Crushed ice helps to chill the drink quickly and provides the perfect texture for a Mojito.

9
<p>Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients. Stirring ensures that the flavors meld together, creating a harmonious blend of mint, lime, jalapeño and rum.</p>

Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients. Stirring ensures that the flavors meld together, creating a harmonious blend of mint, lime, jalapeño and rum.

10
<p>Add a straw, providing an attractive presentation.</p>

Add a straw, providing an attractive presentation.

11
<p>Top up with more crushed ice. This keeps your drink cold and refreshing. When it comes to ice, remember this rule: the more, the better! A larger quantity of ice will melt slower and keep your drink cold for a longer period of time.</p>

Top up with more crushed ice. This keeps your drink cold and refreshing. When it comes to ice, remember this rule: the more, the better! A larger quantity of ice will melt slower and keep your drink cold for a longer period of time.

12
<p>Fill the glass with a splash of soda water. The soda water adds a bit of fizz to the cocktail, making it even more refreshing and light.</p>

Fill the glass with a splash of soda water. The soda water adds a bit of fizz to the cocktail, making it even more refreshing and light.

13
<p>Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. The garnish not only adds a touch of visual appeal but also enhances the aroma and flavor of the drink.</p>

Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. The garnish not only adds a touch of visual appeal but also enhances the aroma and flavor of the drink.

A Spiced Mojito cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by White Rum, lime juice, cane sugar syrup, soda water, fresh jalapeños, mint leaves, sugar cubes and lime

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FAQ

How many calories does a Spiced Mojito contain?
A standard serving of a Spiced Mojito contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Spiced Mojito in terms of ABV and proof?
The strength of a Spiced Mojito largely depends on the rum used. Typically, the ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of a Spiced Mojito is around 20%, which translates to 40 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Spiced Mojito?
The primary alcohol used in a Spiced Mojito is rum. The rum gives the cocktail its distinctive flavor profile, complementing the other ingredients like mint, lime & jalapeño pepper.
In what kind of glass is a Spiced Mojito served?
Traditionally, a Spiced Mojito is served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows plenty of room for ice and garnishes while also showcasing the beautiful layers of the cocktail.
What does a Spiced Mojito taste like?
A Spiced Mojito offers a refreshing blend of sweet and tangy flavors from the cane sugar syrup and fresh lime juice, complemented by the smoothness of white rum. The addition of fresh mint leaves and a subtle heat from the jalapeno slices adds a unique twist to this classic cocktail, making it both vibrant and slightly spicy.
How is a Spiced Mojito served in terms of ice?
A Spiced Mojito is typically served over crushed ice. The crushed ice not only chills the drink but also helps to meld the flavors together as it melts.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Spiced Mojito?
You can make a non-alcoholic or "mocktail" version of a Spiced Mojito. Replace the rum with a non-alcoholic substitute or simply omit it and use ginger ale instead of soda water for a spicy kick (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”).
What food pairs well with a Spiced Mojito?
Spiced Mojitos pair well with various foods, particularly those with bold flavors. They go exceptionally well with spicy dishes, grilled meats, and seafood.
Is it challenging to make a Spiced Mojito at home?
Not at all! Making a Spiced Mojito at home is relatively straightforward. All you need are the ingredients (white rum, fresh lime juice, cane sugar syrup, mint leaves and jalapeño pepper), some crushed ice, and a highball glass. Muddle the jalapeño, add the mint leaves and sugar syrup together, add the lime juice and rum, fill the glass with crushed ice, give it a good stir, and voila! You have yourself a homemade Spiced Mojito.

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