I’m always one for mojitos especially during the summer, however don’t love all the work involved just to make one cocktail and that is why I came up with a mojito bar!
Simply make a mint-infused simple syrup, mix in a large pitcher with rum, and with fresh lime juice. Muddle some fruits so others can mix in for a fun twist! Wallah! Your friends and family will be impressed while sipping a refreshing cocktail!
What is a mojito?
A traditional Cuban cocktail made by muddling mint, sugar, and lime juice together topped with white rum mixed with club soda!
What is the history of the mojito?
The birthplace was invented in a bar called La Bodeuita del Medio nestled in the streets of Havana, Cuba in 1942. Some girlfriends and I were fortunate enough to visit and taste a piece of history!
Click below for a quick glimpse into our trip to Havana!
Step 1: Prepare Mint Simple Syrup for Mojitos
If you haven’t made simple syrup before it’s one of the easiest things to do in the kitchen-boil equal parts water to sugar over medium-high heat until well incorporated and Bam.
Remove from heat and simply add the mint leaves and let it seep for 30-60 minutes. Strain and discard solids.
Step 2: Combine Simple Syrup, lime juice, and gin in a large pitcher
Step 3: Set up the Mojito Bar
- Prepare the muddled fruits of choice ahead of time and place them in mason jars
- Place the pre-mix pitcher, club soda, and ice bucket on the bar
- Place mint leaves in a tall glass or mason jar
- Serve lime wedges in a bowl
- Print or write out instructions for guests to make their own concoction
Can I mix a muddled fruit in the pitcher?
Absolutely. Personally, I like strawberry and you can easily mix it in the pitcher and save some time on muddling other fruits and/or add in the pineapple to make a strawberry pineapple mojito!
I’d still provide instructions on the mojito bar or assemble it as your guests arrive.
Savory’s Tricks and Tips
- Infuse the simple syrup with ginger or try using basil instead of mint–pairs really well with strawberries
- Prepare the simple syrup up to a week ahead of time
- Add in muddled fruit of choice to pitcher to make it easier
Savory’s Pairing Recommendations
Pair with seafood dishes such as a shrimp cocktail or my cucumber ceviche–click here for the recipe!
Serve with guacamole with plantain chips (for authentic Cuban experience) or any dip.
Serve it at your next BBQ with any kind of grilled fish, chicken, grilled veggies, or even fajitas! Try my tandoori chicken!
Simple Mojito Bar for a Crowd in 3 Steps
Mint Simple Syrup for Mojitos
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar, white
- 2 cups packed fresh mint leaves about 2 bunches
- 1 bottle white rum
- 1.5 cups lime juice, freshly squeezed or store-bought
- 21/4 cups club soda, chilled
- 12 mint sprigs for garnishing
- muddled fruits for serving strawberries, mango, pineapple, or berries
- ice for serving
Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
- In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the mint leaves, stir to combine, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a 1-1/2- to 2-quart container and strain the syrup, discarding the solids.
- Add the rum and lime juice and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
- For 1 drink, fill a 10-ounce glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup of the Mojito base, top with 3 tablespoons of the club soda, and stir to combine. Garnish with a mint sprig and muddled fruits of choice if using.
- Use white sugar as brown sugar will turn it brown.
- Prepare the mint-infused simple syrup a few days ahead of time.
- Can choose one fruit to add to a pitcher to make serving easier.