This gin mojito is the perfect mojito recipe for anyone who loves gin. Made just like a classic mojito, but without rum. Lime juice, fresh mint leaves, sugar and gin are muddled together, then topped with a dash of club soda for a refreshing, light summer drink.
Mojitos don’t have to only be made with rum. They also don’t have to only be made with mint — some other great mojito variations include these blueberry mojitos, this virgin strawberry mojito, or this chocolate mojito. If it’s gin cocktails you love, try this blueberry gin cocktail, peach gin cocktail or this mango gin cocktail.
Why this is the best mojito recipe with gin:
- It’s not just a regular mojito replaced with gin. Yes, you could just use a regular mojito recipe and instead of adding rum, add gin. But this recipe is tested specifically with gin to make sure the balance of ingredients compliments the flavor of the gin, while still tasting like a classic mojito.
- It’s perfect if you love gin or if you hate rum. I love a classic rum mojito, but rum does have a distinct flavor in mojitos, and if you don’t enjoy rum, then you probably don’t like classic mojitos. A gin mojito is much lighter, but still has the classic minty sugar flavor. So whether you just prefer gin to rum or you have never been a fan of rum, this is the drink for you.
- It’s easy to make. Mojitos are quick cocktails to make as long as you have the ingredients on hand. Plus, there’s no cocktail shaker needed.
Ingredients & Substitutions:
- Gin: Use your favorite type of gin. You don’t have to use really high end gin for this cocktail.
- Mint leaves: Fresh mint leaves are essential for this drink. There are many types of mint leaves, and you may only be able to find one type at your grocery store. Any type of mint works, but if you have the option, try mojito mint leaves. These leaves are larger, which makes them better for muddling and they have the classic mojito taste.
- Lime juice: Use freshly squeezed lime juice only! No bottled or artificial juice for mojitos. The lime really stands out and there is a noticeable difference between fresh and bottled juice.
- Sugar: Use granulated sugar for a little bit of sweetness. It tastes delicious with the lime and mint.
- Club soda: Club soda adds fizz without adding flavor. This is typically what is used in a mojito so it lets the rest of the flavors shine through. However, you can substitute this with Sprite if you prefer a stronger lime flavor and sugary taste.
How to make a mojito with gin:
- Muddle the mint, sugar and lime. Use a muddler to gently press the mint leaves, releasing their juices.
- Add the rest of the ingredients. Add the gin and gently stir. Then add the ice followed by the club soda. Stir again and serve.
Classic mojitos (made with rum, mint, sugar, lime juice and soda water) are a traditional Cuban drink. There are many variations on this drink— such as this gin mojito recipe— that are made with different alcohols or add in different fruit flavors.
A traditional rum mojito is meant to be stirred in order to properly blend the flavors.
- Muddle the leaves gently. You only need to gently press the mint leaves a few times to release the mint flavor. If the leaves are tearing apart, then you are pressing too hard.
- If you don’t have a muddler, use a wooden spoon. A metal spoon or other utensil is more likely to tear the leaves. Use the back of a wooden spoon to gently press the mint.