This chocolate mojito is the perfect mojito for fall and winter. Made with homemade chocolate simple syrup, fresh mint, lime, rum and club soda. Easy to make for a couple people or a crowd in less than 5 minutes.
Why you need to try this chocolate mint mojito:
- Chocolate and mint is the best combo. Most people wouldn’t think of trying a chocolate mojito, even though the combination of chocolate and mint is so popular. But that combo works so well in this drink, making it taste almost like a dessert cocktail. It you love chocolate and mint, this is definitely a drink you have to try.
- It’s the perfect fall mojito. Mojitos are typically summer drinks, but they don’t have to be. Chocolate cocktails are often thought of as fall and winter drinks, which is why a chocolate mojito works well served when it’s cold outside.
- It uses simple ingredients. You don’t need any fancy liqueurs or store bought syrups for this drink. Just your typical mojito ingredients, plus cocoa powder for the chocolate syrup.
- Mint Leaves: Use fresh mint leaves only. Dried mint doesn’t work for drinks. There are many different types of mint and if you don’t have a choice, any type of fresh mint will work for this drink. However, if you are able to find it, fresh mojito mint or chocolate mint will go perfectly.
- Chocolate Simple Syrup: This is the key ingredient for this mojito. You only need cocoa powder, sugar and water to make it. You can make a large batch in advance and store it in the fridge to be able to make mojitos quickly later on. If you prefer, you can use a store bought chocolate syrup instead, but make sure it’s a drink syrup and not a chocolate sauce.
- Lime Juice: Use freshly squeezed lime juice and not an artificial one— this makes a big difference. Every mojito has a bit of lime. This one has just enough to complement the other flavors without overdoing it.
- Rum: Use any type of white rum.
- Club Soda: This adds the fizz to the mojito. Try to stick with club soda or another unflavored carbonated water for this drink. While 7up and Sprite work as a substitute for most mojitos, in this one they will add more of a stronger lime flavor that doesn’t go as well with chocolate.
How to make chocolate simple syrup:
To make the chocolate simple syrup, heat ¼ cup cocoa powder, ½ cup granulated sugar and ¾ cup water on a sauce over medium to high heat. Whisk to combine, stirring occasionally as you bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes as the syrup thickens. Remove the syrup from the stove and let it fully cool to room temperature before using it in your mojito. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
For more details and ideas for how to use leftover syrup, see the full chocolate simple syrup recipe.
- Gently muddle the mint. Don’t muddle the mint too harshly to the point you are tearing the leaves. You only need to gently press the leaves several times to release the mint juice.
- If you don’t have a muddler, use a wooden spoon. You can gently muddle the mint leaves using the back of a wooden spoon or another similar wooden utensil. Try to avoid using metal utensils to muddle because they are more likely to tear the mint leaves.
- Strain the mint leaves if you prefer. Typically mojitos are served with the muddled mint leaves in the glass, but if this bothers you, you can strain out the mint leaves. If you still want to, you can add fresh leaves as garnish.