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15 Refreshing Mojito Recipes for a Perfect Summer (or Any Season)

A mojito is a simple drink. It's also easy to get not quite right, which is why we've gathered some solid mojito recipes for you that run the gamut from classic hot weather sippers to fun variations. And if that's not enough, we've also included an edible take on the mojito, too.

Let's start with the basic ingredients. Fresh mint leaves and fresh lime juice are the key for a great mojito cocktail, and white rum is traditional for a classic mojito recipe. The sugar is important — you can use granulated sugar, but muddle it well with the lime juice so it dissolves completely. You can also use superfine sugar, which dissolves more easily during muddling, or make a simple syrup which does the dissolving work for you. Top it off with a splash of club soda and you're good to go.

You really don't need special tools or a special glass to make this classic cocktail. If you don't have a muddler, use the end of wooden spoon. Collins glasses are what you'll find in a lot of mojito recipes, but highball glasses will do — really, any tall-ish glass with enough room for ice and club soda will work.

If you're looking for a mojito recipe as your signature summer cocktail, we've got 15 of them that will have you feeling like you're on a tropical beach in no time.

1. Classic Mojito

As far as cocktail recipes go, the mojito is more about proportions, process, and taste than exact measurements. But if you like exact, this classic mojito recipe lays it out for you.

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2. Pineapple Mojito

For the record, I want to make this pineapple/brown sugar simple syrup and put it on everything. But especially mixed with white rum, mint and club soda, it sounds like a Cuban adventure without ever leaving the house.

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3. Strawberry Mojito

I hadn't realized how much a mint sprig could look like a palm tree, which makes this pretty strawberry and rum cocktail even more perfect.

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4. Blackberry Mojito

Fresh blackberries are in season for such a short time, but there's no reason you can't use frozen ones here as well for a year-round tropical treat in this mojito recipe.

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5. Cranberry Mojito

I know the holidays are supposed to be all about cold and snow, but I love the idea of a winter holiday getaway on a beach somewhere. This mojito variation is even red and green, making it a perfect tropical cocktail to drink in the winter, whether you're hosting your celebration on an island or at home.

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6. Champagne Mojito

I'd never thought of replacing the soda water in a mojito recipe with champagne, but it's really a lovely swap, perfect for a spring brunch. And using a rosé champagne gives the drink a fresh pink and green look which makes the drink a centerpiece for the table, too. Make this as a pitcher cocktail for a warm weather party and you can skip the flowers for the table.

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7. Dark Mojito

Yes, the old fashioned way to make a mojito is with light rum, but there's nothing that says you can't mix it up and go dark with your drink. Also known as a dirty mojito, you can use gold rum and brown or raw sugar as well if you don't like the spices in dark rum.

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8. Coconut Mojito

This coconut mojito adds both cream of coconut and coconut rum to the standard recipe for an extra tropical taste.

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9. Watermelon Mojito

Of course, the Barefoot Contessa has a stunningly simple recipe for a fun twist on a mojito. This watermelon mojito is so easy to make for a summer dinner party it will be your go-to drink all season.

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10. Grapefruit Mojito

Grapefruit and rum go so well together. Even if you don't like grapefruit, give this flavor combo a spin as a cocktail recipe and you might change your mind.

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11. Mango Mojito

Mango and rum is another classic combination. (Though, really, is there a fruit rum doesn't play well with?) This easy mojito recipe is a pool-side sipper, even if it's a kiddie pool in your backyard.

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12. Mojito Slushies

Cocktail slushies are the perfect antidote to crushing summer heat and humidity. They're fun to make and to eat, plus it's hard to take yourself or the rest of the world seriously when you're eating a frozen boozy treat the color of ectoplasm.

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13. Mojito Mocktail (the "Nojito")

It's always good to have a just-as-tasty non-alcoholic mojito recipe around. This "nojito" fits the bill for a mocktail that's as good as the original, plus you can drink more of them.

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14. Mojito Cupcakes

Boozy desserts are the best. A little bit of rum in a cake makes it feel even more decadent, even if you know that making it was super easy.

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15. Mojito Bars

Did I mention how great boozy desserts are? Here's another edible mojito recipe, because you can't go wrong lime and rum in bar form.

Get the recipe here.

This article was originally published on July 12, 2018.

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