backyard mojitos

The mint’s been growing like crazy in our backyard this summer. What better to do with a surplus of mint than throw a backyard soiree and get your friends buzzed on fresh mojitos? That’s exactly what I did this weekend and I think I have finally mastered the perfect mojito recipe.

There are many variations of mojitos out there, but this one is made the traditional Cuban way, using a little bit of confectioners sugar. The drink is crisp and refreshing and not too sweet. Many recipes call for white sugar or a simple syrup, but I think using confectioners sugar makes a world of a difference.

This recipe is for a single serving. While I made a large quantity at once this weekend, I personally think they are better when each one is made individually and fresh. The scent and flavor of the mint is much stronger the more recently it’s been muddle and the leaves are brighter and less wilted.

Enjoy! Preferably outside, in the company of good people.

Backyard Mojitos


  • 5 to 10 fresh mint leaves (depending on the size of the leaves. my plant has extremely large leaves this year so I used 5. If you are buying a pack of fresh mint from the grocery store, use closer to 10 leaves)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum (I use Bacardi)
  • splash of sparkling water
  • ice


Rinse the mint leaves and pat dry with a towel. Place the leaves in the bottom of a cocktail glass. Add the confectioners sugar. Muddle the leaves and sugar using a muddler, or by using the back of a fork or spoon and smashing and stirring the leaves around in the bottom of the glass. Cut the lime in half. Reserve a thin slice from one of the lime halves to use as a garnish. Juice the lime over the glass. Muddle the mint, sugar and lime juice mixture a little bit more.

Before adding the rum or sparking water I add the ice. This helps anchor the mint leaves at the bottom of the glass so they don’t sneak up into your mouth as you take a sip. Next add the rum and a splash of sparkling water. Add as much water as your like depending on how strong or weak you like your cocktails. Add the slice of lime and a sprig of mint as a garnish.

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