One of our favorite cocktails at home is the classic mojito.
It’s simple yet elegant, and it tastes like heaven!
If you want another taste of paradise, try this tasty variation on the famous drink.
What Is The Difference Between A Coconut Mojito And A Regular Mojito?
The only differences are in the ingredients used for each version.
The original recipe calls for white rum, but we prefer to use dark rum instead.
Other than that, there isn’t much difference between these two versions of the popular tropical cocktail.
However, if you don’t have access to rum, then you can easily switch out the white rum for any other type of liquor, such as vodka or tequila.
You will just need to adjust the amount of sugar used accordingly.
- Coconut Rum (or other alcohol)
- Lime juice
- Sugar syrup
- Fresh mint leaves
Read through the entire process before starting so you know what to expect when it comes time to mix your drinks.
Step 1: Take one shot glass full of ice cubes and put them inside a shaker filled halfway up with crushed ice.
Add 2 ounces of coconut rum.
Shake vigorously until all of the ice melts into the liquid.
Step 2: Pour about half of the mixture from Step 1 over a large bowl containing 4 ounces of fresh squeezed lime juice.
Discard the rest of the mixture back onto the ice cube tray.
Step 3: Using a muddler, gently crush up some of the limes and add those juices directly to the shaker.
Stir well to combine everything together.
Taste the drink and adjust the sweetness level by adding more sugar syrup, if needed.
Step 4: Strain the mixture from the shaker over a large plate or martini glass.
Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint.
How Do You Make A Coconut Mojito?
The main ingredient in both drinks is fresh mint, which gives them their distinctive flavor.
The only real difference between a coconut mojito and a traditional one is that the latter uses white rum instead of dark rum.
This change makes sure there are no bitter notes from the molasses present in most dark rums.
You can simply add more coconut milk if you prefer your mojitos lighter (or skip using any additional liquid altogether).
You will also need some sugar, since it’s used as an acidifying agent.
Finally, you will need a few limes and a bottle of light or white rum.
Here’s how to make a coconut mojito.
- Add 1/3 cup of crushed ice into a shaker filled with ice cubes.
- Pour 2 ounces of light rum over the ice cubes and stir until they melt.
- Add 3-4 sprigs of mint leaves and 5 tablespoons of granulated sugar.
- Strain the mixture through a fine strainer into two martini glasses.
- Top each glass up with half a cup of chilled coconut water.
- Squeeze the juice out of three fresh limes onto each drink before serving.
What Is The Best Rum To Use For A Coconut Mojito?
The most important part of any good cocktail is the right spirit or liquor that goes into making said cocktail.
In this case, we are using coconut rum, which makes sense because it has notes of coconut.
This tropical-flavored spirit adds an exotic touch to your drinks while providing some extra flavor and body compared to other rums.
You can also find coconut rum in a variety of different flavors including vanilla, mango, pineapple, and even chocolate.
These additional flavors add just enough complexity to spice up your mojitos without being too overpowering.
We recommend purchasing one bottle of coconut rum rather than multiple bottles of various types from different brands.
That way, you will have a consistent experience when mixing and drinking these cocktails.
Why does coconut rum work so well in drinks?
Coconut rum pairs extremely well with many ingredients used in classic cocktails such as the mojito.
For example, it works great with fresh mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup.
When mixed together, coconut rum provides an excellent base for the ingredients.
The fruity profile of fresh coconut paired with citrusy lime juice creates a perfect balance between sweet and sour.
The sweetness from the coconut rum helps bring out the natural sweetness of the lemon and lime, and the alcohol content gives each sip a nice kick.
Coconut rum also has a lower proof than standard rums, which means that it won’t be overwhelming if you mix a large amount of it into a cocktail.
What Kind Of Mint Should You Use For A Coconut Mojito?
The traditional mojito uses fresh or dried spearmint leaves.
However, if you don’t have any around your house, you can always find some online.
There are many types of mint available online, but we recommend using peppermint as its flavor profile is closest to that of the original mojitos.
While peppermint will work well for this recipe, be sure to read our guide to different kinds of mint before buying.
You may also wish to consider making your own infused water instead of purchasing distilled.
How Much Rum Should You Use In A Coconut Mojito?
The rum used to make your drink will depend entirely on what type of rum you have access to.
Light rums are more commonly found in tropical drinks, while dark rum is often used to create spicier variations of other liquors.
You can also choose between white or gold rum if that’s what you prefer.
We recommend using about 1 ounce (30 ml) of light rum or half an ounce (15 ml) of gold rum per serving.
The amount of sugar depends on how sweet you want the final product to be.
Use as little sugar as possible, but not too little either.
We usually add 2 teaspoons (10 grams) of granulated sugar per serving.
If you don’t have any rum lying around, there are plenty of alternatives available online.
Try these three great options:
- Coco Lopez White Rum – This coconut rum from Puerto Rico comes from one of the oldest distilleries in the world.
- It has just enough sweetness without being overpowering, and the flavor profile is very similar to Bacardi Gold.
- For best results, try mixing Coco Lopez with fresh pineapple juice instead of water when making your coconut mojitos.
- Sipsmith London Dry Gin – The Sipsmith line of gin is known for its high quality ingredients and distinct flavors.
- One of their most popular gins is London dry.
- With notes of citrus fruits and honey, it pairs perfectly with a variety of different liqueurs and spirits.
- Rhum Agricole – This French Caribbean rum was created by blending two aged agricoles together.
- It has a distinctive aroma and subtle spice aftertaste thanks to the addition of star anise.
- It makes a fantastic base for many tropical drinks, including mojitos.
Once you know which rum to use, all that remains is deciding how much to pour into each glass.
To calculate exactly how much rum to use, start with the following equation:
In this example, we’re adding 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of light rum, so we need to multiply 4 x 120 = 480.
Now divide 480 by 8.5 to get 52 oz (1.5 liters).
That means we need 521/8.5 = 6.3 ounces (180 milliliters) of rum per serving.
In this case, we could even round up to six ounces (180 milliliters), because it’s only a tenth of a liter less than six ounces.
How Much Lime Juice Should You Use In A Coconut Mojito?
The key to any good mojito is balance, which is why we recommend using about one ounce (30 ml) of fresh squeezed lime juice per glass.
The amount varies depending on how strong you prefer your mojitos to be.
For example, if you are making them for kids who aren’t used to drinking alcohol, you can cut back on the lime juice by half or even quartering the size of the lime slices.
If you have some extra lime juice leftover after juicing your own limes, there are other ways to use up that excess liquid.
- Add a splash of lemonade concentrate or water to make an icy margarita-style drink.
- Make a tropical fruit smoothie with crushed ice, frozen pineapple chunks, and fresh lime juice.
- Use homemade guacamole as a dip instead of sour cream.
How Much Sugar Should You Use In A Coconut Mojito?
In general, there are two types of people when it comes to alcohol consumption: those who love their liquor straight up, and those who prefer something sweet in order to go down easier.
While the former group will enjoy more concentrated drinks, the latter one might be better off with a sweeter version of that same spirit.
The most popular cocktail known as the mojito has no less than four ingredients: fresh mint leaves, white rum, club soda, and sugar syrup.
The problem is that many recipes call for too much sugar.
In fact, some versions add so much sugar that it actually turns into an alcoholic beverage.
If you decide to make your own mojitos, here’s how much sugar you need to know about:
- 1/3 cup (80 grams) granulated sugar or 1/4 cup (60 ml) light agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon dried mint powder
As you can see from these measurements, you don’t have to worry if you’re not a math whiz.
Just remember to keep track of what you measure out because adding all three things together may exceed your recommended daily allowance for added sugars.
So, now that we’ve got the basics covered, let’s get started learning how to make a perfect mojito.
How Much Coconut Milk Should You Use In A Coconut Mojito?
In this version of the cocktail, we used half a can of full-fat coconut milk, which makes for a rich, creamy base that will make your mouth water just by looking at it.
The amount of coconut milk you need to add depends on how strong you prefer your drinks to be.
For instance, if you are not a fan of coconut flavor (as I am), then cut back on the amount of coconut milk until you find the right balance between sweet and tart flavors.
The other key component of this delightful drink is the addition of fresh mint leaves and crushed ice, so don’t forget to keep those around.
If you have access to fresh herbs, feel free to add them as well – but remember that they may overpower the delicate coconut flavor.
You can also use dried mint instead of fresh ones.
For best results, blend all ingredients together before adding any liquid, such as club soda or sparkling mineral water.
This way, you won’t dilute the coconut essence too much when you mix everything together later.
Should You Use
Coconut mojitos are great for entertaining because they can be prepared quickly.
The ingredients are easy to find if your grocery store has them available or online.
You can also make these drinks ahead of time so that when guests arrive, all you have to do is add ice and serve up the fizzing goodness.
If you don’t enjoy coconut-based recipes, here’s how you can substitute other ingredients instead.
For example, you could swap out the rum for tequila or vodka.
Or, go even further by using an infused spirit such as orange blossom water, mint extract, or raspberry leaf.
To keep things interesting, why not incorporate some fresh herbs into the mix?
We love basil in ours but feel free to experiment with different flavors.
- 1 Glass
- 1 cup Coconut Rum or other alcohol
- 1 cup Lime juice
- 1 tbsp Sugar syrup
- 1 tbsp Fresh mint leaves
- Take one shot glass full of ice cubes and put them inside a shaker filled halfway up with crushed ice. Add 2 ounces of coconut rum. Shake vigorously until all of the ice melts into the liquid.
- Pour about half of the mixture from Step 1 over a large bowl containing 4 ounces of fresh squeezed lime juice. Discard the rest of the mixture back onto the ice cube tray.
- Using a muddler, gently crush up some of the limes and add those juices directly to the shaker. Stir well to combine everything together. Taste the drink and adjust the sweetness level by adding more sugar syrup, if needed.
- Strain the mixture from the shaker over a large plate or martini glass. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint.