This gin mojito is cold, refreshing, and perfect for sipping on all summer long. Unlike your classic mojito, this one switches out the usual white rum for dry gin. It has fresh lime, mint and sweet agave to round out the flavors of the cocktail!
Why You’ll Love This Gin Mojito
Mojitos will always be one of my favorite cocktails. I’ve already posted a Watermelon Mojito on the blog, and I thought it was about time for another variation! To be honest, I never thought I was a gin lover until recently (actually my Lemon Lavender Gin Cocktail converted me).
If you’re on the fence about gin, then you should definitely give this cocktail recipe a try! This mojito with gin is super refreshing, easy to make, and perfect for summer.
Here are a few more reasons why we love this recipe and you will too:
- Refreshing Twist: I’ve swapped out white rum for dry gin, adding a little twist to the classic mojito that brings a different flavor that’s perfect for those hot summer days.
- Minty Fresh: The fresh mint leaves used give it a unique, herby taste.
- Simple and Fun: You won’t need a cocktail shaker or any complicated bar equipment. All you need is a cocktail muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon.
- Customizable: The best way to enjoy your gin mojito is to make it to your taste. You can adjust the sweetness, the acidity, and even the amount of alcohol.
You can easily find all the ingredients your local grocery store- or maybe even your garden if you have some fresh mint growing! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh mint leaves: Mint is what gives this gin mojito its refreshing quality.
- Agave nectar or simple syrup: This will add a hint of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the lime. I prefer agave nectar because it’s easier than making homemade simple syrup!
- Fresh limes: Lime brings a zesty punch.
- Dry gin: I used Hendrick’s Dry Gin, but you can use your favorite gin instead.
- Club soda or lime-flavored seltzer: Gives the gin cocktail its refreshing fizz.
- Ice cubes: Essential for serving!
This Gin and Mint Cocktail is completely customizable. If you don’t have one of the ingredients above, here are some simple substitutions you could try instead:
- Agave nectar: If you’re not a fan of agave nectar or if it’s not available, you can always use simple syrup or even a tablespoons or so of cane sugar.
- Club soda: If you prefer a more citrusy kick, the club soda can be replaced with lime-flavored seltzer. It adds another layer of flavor that works great with the gin and mint.
- Limes: No limes on hand? You can use lemons for a different flavor. The drink will be more like a lemonade gin mojito if lemons are used. Still delicious! Just a bit different.
You won’t need a cocktail shaker for this recipe, just a cocktail muddler or even the handle of a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves at the bottom of the glass.
You’ll also need a tall glass or highball glass to serve your gin mojito.
Step By Step Instructions
For exact ingredient quantities, skip to the recipe card below!
Here’s how to make this classic cocktail:
STEP 1: In your glass, add the fresh mint leaves, agave or simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.
STEP 2: Muddle the mint leaves for about 1 minute using your cocktail muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon.
STEP 3: Fill the glass with ice, add the gin to taste, and top with club soda or seltzer. For a different twist, you could add a splash of soda water or lemon juice.
STEP 4: Stir the cocktail well and garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.
Making Your Own Simple Syrup
Creating your own simple syrup at home is easy, and the great part is, you can tweak it to your preference. Here’s a quick guide:
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
STEP 1: Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
STEP 2: Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
STEP 3: Once dissolved, allow the syrup to simmer for an additional 5-6 minutes until it starts to thicken slightly. If you’d like a hint of vanilla in your syrup, remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla essence.
STEP 4: Allow the syrup to cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the syrup into a clean airtight jar or container. Store it in the refrigerator. It should last for up to a month.
Adding a little vanilla essence to your simple syrup gives it a slight twist and can complement the flavors in your gin mojito beautifully. But, if you prefer the classic simple syrup, feel free to skip this step.
Serve this gin mojito in a highball glass (or your favorite cocktail glass), loaded with crushed ice and a lime wheel on the side. You could also garnish it with lime wedges and a sprig of fresh mint.
You’ll find me sipping on this refreshing cocktail as a pre-dinner drink or on a warm summer afternoon by the pool! Definitely one of my favorites so far and I can’t wait to try switching this drink up with different flavors.
Here are a few more flavor variations you could try out:
- Strawberry Gin Mojito: For this variation, add a handful of diced fresh strawberries to your glass before muddling. The strawberries add a delightful sweetness and a beautiful pink hue to your drink, making it even more perfect for summer.
- Blueberry Gin Mojito: You can add fresh blueberries before muddling. The blueberries will give your cocktail a lovely purple color and a slightly tart flavor that complements the gin and mint beautifully.
- Cucumber Gin Mojito: Cucumbers can give your gin mojito an added freshness and a slight crunch. Slice up half a cucumber and add it to your glass before muddling. The cucumber’s natural coolness pairs really well with the mint and lime.
- Grapefruit Gin Mojito: Swap out lime juice with fresh grapefruit juice. Grapefruit will give your cocktail a tangy twist and a beautiful blush color. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit for an extra burst of flavor.
This mojito is best served immediately. However, the simple syrup can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.
- Adjust the sweetness or tartness to your liking for the best experience.
- If you prefer a sweeter drink, add more agave or simple syrup.
- If you like it more tart, squeeze in more lime juice or even try adding lemon juice for a fun twist.
Yes, you can! Different gins have different flavor profiles, so feel free to experiment until you find your perfect match. Just remember to balance it with the other ingredients.
Yes, omit the gin to make this a non-alcoholic drink. To make it a lower alcohol cocktail, use 0.5-1 oz of gin.
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- 6-8 fresh mint leaves washed and dried
- .75-1 oz agave nectar or simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1 oz fresh lime juice, about ½ lime
- 1-2 oz gin
- 5-6 oz club soda or seltzer, lime flavored
- Ice cubes for serving
- In a glass, add the mint leaves, simple syrup (or agave) and lime juice.
- Muddle the mint leaves for about 1 minute with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
- Add a handful of ice, the gin (to taste), and the club soda or seltzer to taste.
- NOTE: Adjust any of the ingredients above according to your personal preference for the best results.
- Stir and garnish with lime wedges and a sprig of mint.
Simple Syrup Recipe:
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
- Add the sugar and water to a small pot over medium heat.
- Simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring continuously. The sugar should dissolve. Once dissolved, allow the syrup to continue simmering for an additional 5-6 minutes until it starts to thicken slightly.
- Remove from the heat and let cool completely at room temperature before transferring to the fridge.
- Store in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Saturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mg
Nutritional info is an estimate.
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