Mojitos by the pitcher, the perfect refreshing and aromatic cocktail but made in a big batch and perfect to cool down a crowd in a barbeque or a summer gathering with friends (or actually at any moment of the year).
Featuring white rum, fresh mint, and of course, fresh lime juice (among a few other ingredients) this cocktail is one of the easiest and most delicious you can prepare.
But First, What Is a Mojito?
A mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail. With unclear origins, it was made popular thanks to no other than Ernest Hemingway due to his time in Cuba.
It consists of just five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, club soda, and mint. It has an incredible and very refreshing mix of flavors, from sweet to citrusy to minty.
Be mindful when you drink mojitos since they are so delicious and so easy to drink the whole glass without even breathing. (You will not be able to say that I didn’t warn you!)
Why Make It By The Pitcher?
Mojitos are by definition one of the most refreshing cocktails to make. It’s usually made as single drinks.However, if you want to have some friends at home, making individual cocktails can be a bit too time-consuming.
However, mojitos can be made by the pitcher without losing any of its authenticity and flavors.
This is not a cocktail that requires fancy cocktail bar equipment and is very easy to make. Although a little bit of work is needed, but trust me it is well worth it.
As said, you’ll not need any fancy cocktail bar equipment to make this mojito pitcher recipe. However, there are a few things to have on hand that will make the task a bit easier:
Muddler — Since we are going to mash some of the ingredients, this cocktail bar tool is very useful. A muddler is similar to a kitchen pestle (the one used with a mortar), but with some texture at the bottom. You can substitute it by using a kitchen pestle or the back of a wooden spoon.
Lemon squeezer — Or lemon juicer to extract all the beautiful lime juices.
Notes On The Ingredients
Due to its simplicity, it calls for good quality ingredients. And that’s exactly one of the key points that can make a really good cocktail.
Mojitos, unlike other cocktails, do not have any crazy or difficult-to-get ingredients. (Those ingredients you buy, use once but then sit there unused for ages).
Rum — The traditional recipe calls for white rum, and in my opinion, it works best. It has a light flavor without any strong spices added to it, unlike golden rums. However, feel free to use it if that’s what you prefer.
Fresh lime juice — Although bottle lime juice is more convenient, the flavor is just not the same. Please avoid using it and buy a bunch of fresh limes from the farmer’s market.
Fresh mint — You can use mint or spearmint. Just make sure it is fresh.
Sugar — Traditionally mojitos had sugar cane juice in them. But since is not that easy to find, you can use regular white sugar. You can also use brown sugar.
Sparkling component — My recommendation is to use club soda, which is unsweetened, so it will not add any more sugar to the final cocktail. Also, you can use lime soda if you want to, but I prefer to use club soda. Avoid using tonic soda (the one you’ll choose for a gin and tonic).
Ice — You’ll need some big ice cubes for the pitcher, and also crashed ice or smaller cocktail ice cubes for each glass. (Plenty of it!)
Ingredients For A Mojito Pitcher Recipe
— 1 cup fresh mint or spearmint leaves (stems discarded) + a few more with the stem for garnish
— 2 cups white rum
— 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8 limes) + 2 quartered limes and 1 for garnish
— ½ cup white granulated sugar
— 2 ½ cups soda water
— 1 cup ice cubes (for the jug)
— Plenty of crushed ice for each glass (or smaller cocktail ice cubes)
1 — Wash the 2 limes and cut them into quarters, we are going to use them with the skin on.
2 — Juice the rest of the limes (but the one we are leaving for garnish ) and reserve the juice.
3 — Put the sugar and the quartered limes inside of the pitcher. With a muddler squeeze the limes so they release the essential oils present in the zest, and the lime juice. We add the sugar at this point so it can help rub the limes and release the essential oils that are key to a very aromatic mojito cocktail.
4 — Blend the released juices with the sugar, do not worry it’s normal if the sugar does not dissolve completely.
5 — Add the mint or spearmint leaves (stems discarded) and muddle them gently to release the aromas and essential oils without over muddling (that will break and made them a bit bitter)
6 — Add the white rum and the lime juice and mix with a long spoon (a wooden one or a cocktail stirrer) , mix everything well, and try to dissolve a bit more of the sugar.
7 — Add ice cubes to the pitcher.
8 — Add the club soda.
9 — Garnish the pitcher with a sprig of mint and a lime wheel sitting on the brim.
10 — Prep the glasses
11 — Serve ¾ of the glass with crushed ice (not too thinly crushed, otherwise it will become watery too quickly).
12 — Garnish with a wheel of lime and a sprig of mint
13 — You can also put a nice straw on each one of the glasses (optional)
14 — Fill each glass with the delicious Mojito.
Notes and FAQs
You can also get creative and add some fresh fruit to make some very nice variations such as:
If you want to use any of these fruits, just blend them fresh until you obtain a fine puree. Mix the resulting fruit puree (straining it with a fine mesh colander) with the rest of the ingredients.
Can This Mojito Pitcher Recipe Be Made Ahead?
I wouldn’t recommend making it overnight. But it can be made a couple of hours in advance.
Just do not mix the club soda and don’t add the ice into the pitcher, so it will not lose the fizz or get watered down. Add those right before serving.
Can I Use Brown Sugar Instead of White Sugar?
Of course, there’s no problem with it! Only have in mind that it will change a bit the final flavor and color. However, it’s delicious nonetheless.
I Don’t Like the Idea of Having Sugar at the Bottom of the Glass? Can I Use Simple Syrup Instead?
Yes, it might not be traditional to use it but it’s possible to use simple syrup instead of sugar.
To make the simple syrup just bring to a gentle boil equal parts of sugar and water, dissolving the sugar very well. Let the resulting syrup cool down before using it.
It can be made in large quantities and stored in the fridge, it lasts very very long (2 months easily)
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Mojito Pitcher Recipe
- Lemon squeezer or a lemon juicer
- 1 cup fresh mint or spearmint leaves + a few more with the stem for garnish stems discarded
- 2 cups white rum
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8 limes) + 2 quartered limes and 1 for garnish
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- 2½ cups soda water
- 1 cup ice cubes for the jug
- Plenty of crushed ice for each glass or smaller cocktail ice cubes
- Get creative by some fresh fruit such as strawberries, watermelons, mangos, pineapples, etc. to make very nice variations.
- If you want to use any of these fruits, just blend them fresh until you obtain a fine puree. Straining the fruit puree into a fine mesh colander and mix it in with the rest of the ingredients.
- Wash the 2 limes and cut them into quarters with the skin on.
- Juice the remaining 8 limes and reserve the juice. This should make about 1 cup of lime juice. (There will be 1 lime left to save for garnishing.)
- Put the sugar and the quartered limes inside of the pitcher. With a muddler squeeze the limes so that they release the essential oils present in the zest and the lime juice. The sugar is added at this point so that it can help rub the limes and release the essential oils that are key to a very aromatic mojito cocktail.
- Blend the released juices with the sugar. Do not worry if the sugar does not dissolve completely. That's completely normal.
- Add the mint or spearmint leaves (stems discarded) and muddle them gently to release the aromas and essential oils without over muddling (that will break and made them a bit bitter)
- Add the white rum and the lime juice and mix with a long spoon (a wooden one or a cocktail stirrer) , mix everything well, and try to dissolve a bit more of the sugar.
- Add ice cubes to the pitcher.
- Add the club soda.
- Garnish the pitcher with a sprig of mint and a lime wheel sitting on the brim.
To prep the glasses:
- Serve 3/4 of the glass with crushed ice. (But do not use too thinly crushed ice, otherwise the drink will become watery too quickly.)
- Garnish with a wheel of lime and a sprig of mint.
- Optional: Put a nice straw on each one of the glasses.
- Fill each glass with the delicious mojito.