Mango Mojito

Mango Mojito

Featuring the original mojito’s rum, mint, and lime, this mango mojito recipe brings the tropical taste of mango into the mix. It’s a bright, refreshing, and eye-catching yellow cocktail that’s easy to make and a brilliant summertime drink.

Mango nectar gives this drink a wonderful sweet-tart flavor. It’s a perfect complement to the minty-lime taste of the popular rum cocktail. You can find mango nectar at many supermarkets, and it’s easy to find online. If you like, replace the nectar with fresh mango, which you can either add to the muddle or transform into a purée.

This mango cocktail is made much like any mojito: Fresh mint and lime are muddled with a sweetener and topped with rum, ice, and soda. In this case, honey works out very well, and the richer taste marries the tropical fruit and mint to the rum wonderfully. There’s no need to shake the mojito because it’s built right in the serving glass. Light rum is the standard for mojitos, and club soda gives the cocktail an invigorating sparkle.

The mango mojito is best made by the glass, though you can scale it up to a pitcher drink for a party. And, if you skip the rum, it makes a delightful nonalcoholic drink that everyone can enjoy.

“The mojito is a delicious cocktail. Ripe mangos are tantalizing fruits. Asking for a mango mojito changes many aspects that make it a mojito. Mango on the other hand is so good with rum, lime, and mint. This recipe makes the combination of ingredients work while keeping the integrity of the cocktail.” —Sean Johnson

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Ingredients

  • 2 lime wedges

  • 1/4 ounce honey

  • 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves

  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum

  • 1 1/2 ounces mango nectar

  • 3 to 4 ounces club soda, to taste

  • Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish

  • Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

  • Mango slice, for optional garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Mango Mojito

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  2. In a collins glass, squeeze the juice from the lime wedges, add the honey, and tear the mint leaves as you drop them in the glass. Muddle gently to mix the flavors and dissolve the honey.

    Muddling a Mango Mojito

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  3. Add the light rum and mango nectar. Stir well.

    Mixing a Mango Mojito From Scratch

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  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top with club soda.

    Easy Mango Mojito

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  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, a sprig of fresh mint, and mango slice, if using.

    Made-From-Scratch Mango Mojito

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Tips

  • Since there’s no fresh fruit to mash in this mango mojito and the mint is already torn, a muddler is not essential. Simply stir the lime, honey, and mint mixture very well if you don’t have one.
  • Mojitos deserve a good rum that allows the fresh flavor to shine. A mid-range brand with a clean, smooth taste you would enjoy drinking straight is a reliable choice.

Recipe Variations

  • When you have fresh mango, cut about half a fruit into small chunks and add it to the glass with the lime juice and honey. Muddle this into a juicy pulp, then add the mint leaves and muddle just enough to infuse the sweetened fruit blend with the cool herbal flavor.
  • Alternatively, use a store-bought or homemade mango purée as an equal substitute for the mango nectar. To turn the fresh fruit into a mango purée, process mango chunks in the blender until smooth.
  • Switch out the base liquor if you like. Mango rum will play up the mango flavor, while passion fruit or pineapple rum adds a complementary tropical fruit taste. Vodka works too, and citrus or vanilla vodka would be excellent flavor options.
  • For a mocktail, skip the rum and switch to a sweeter soda such as ginger ale. You can also replace the recipe’s rum and lime juice with about two ounces of lime cordial, then top it with the soda of your choice.
  • Increasing the recipe to a pitcher is very easy. To make eight mojitos at once, for instance, squeeze the juice of one lime into the pitcher, add 1/4 cup honey, and a full sprig or two of mint. Mix well to dissolve the honey then stir in 1 1/2 cups each of rum and mango nectar. Top the pitcher with about 3 cups of club soda before serving, and serve the drinks over ice.

How Strong Is a Mango Mojito?

Rum is the only alcohol in the mango mojito, so it’s a relatively light cocktail. The recipe creates a seven-ounce cocktail and, when made with the standard 80-proof rum, it mixes up to about 8 percent ABV (16 proof). That alcohol content falls right between beer and wine.

What Alcohol Is Best for a Mojito?

Traditionally, the Cuban mojito is made with light rum, and it’s a great choice for any fruity variation on the cocktail. Some great mojitos are made with aged rums which impart a deeper flavor accented with a pleasant oakiness to the drink. And, many drinkers who are partial to vodka pour that instead.

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