Spiced Rum Mojito Recipe: How to Make a Spiced Rum Mojito (Cocktail Hour)

Sugar, spice and all things nice. You’ll definitely find all three in this delicious twist on a classic Mojito recipe. Want to up your Mojito-making game? Read on to discover my Spiced Rum Mojito recipe.

A brief history of the Mojito

The Mojito is a traditional highball cocktail that originated in Havana, Cuba. As seems to be the case with a lot of cocktails, however, the exact origin of the drink is somewhat up for debate. For the sake of this piece, though, I’m sticking with Cuba as its founder. The cocktail was actually first known as a remedy for various tropical illnesses by local South American Indians, and they would travel over to Cuba to gather ingredients to create medicine. The ingredient that they used was called aguardiente de caรฑa, which translates to ‘burning water’, and they would mix it with lime, sugarcane juice and mint. Sounds familiar, right?

Nowadays, a standard mojito consists of five key ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint. The combination creates a delicious mix of sweet and citrus, with the freshness of mint. It’s an incredibly popular summer cocktail and is definitely one that I find myself ordering (and, of course, making) a lot in the warmer months. To learn more about the history of the Mojito, visit the Wikipedia page.

My Spiced Rum Mojito recipe

If you’ve read any of my other cocktail recipes before then you’ll know that I love adding my own twist to a classic cocktail. So, I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that my Mojito recipe comes with its own twist too. But you know that from the title already, don’t you? Yeah, that’s right, my Mojito recipe doesn’t use white rum. Instead, I opted for something with a little bit more pizzaz to it. Spiced Rum. Here’s how I make it.

Equipment

High ball glass | Muddler

Ingredients

50ml spiced rum

25ml sugar syrup

100ml soda water

juice of half a limeย 

10-15 fresh mint leaves

plenty of crushed ice

Method

Add the mint leaves & lime juice into the glass.

Using the muddler, give the mint & lime juice a good muddle.

Add some of the crushed ice into the glass until itโ€™s about a third of the way full.

Pour in the rum & sugar syrup, then give the drink another quick muddle.

Add even more crushed ice to the glass until itโ€™s two thirds full.

Pour the soda water on top & give everything a quick stir.

Top the drink off with a little bit more ice & serve.

Spice, spice baby

As a lover of a strong drink, swapping out white rum for spiced rum for this cocktail makes all the difference in my opinion. I’ve often found that Mojito’s that use white rum can have a really watery quality to them (which I am absolutely NOT on board with). When I make a drink, I want it to pack a punch, and I think the switch from white to spice rum really adds to the cocktail.

A quick note: if you’re making your own sugar syrup you might need to add a fraction more of it for that extra sweetness. I found that homemade stuff isn’t as sweet as sugar syrup that you buy in the shop. So, if you think it’s lacking sweetness, add a little more of it!

Pair it with a playlist

Want to get the full mojito experience? Level up your cocktail making by pairing this Spiced Rum Mojito with the F O Mojito playlist. My mojito-inspired playlist is full of classic Cuban hits and has been specifically curated to listen to whilst sipping on this cocktail. Listen to it on Spotify.

And that’s my Spiced Rum Mojito recipe! Are you a Mojito lover? What are your thoughts on my spicy twist on the classic cocktail? For more cocktail recipes (and music pairings) make sure to check out the cocktail section of Female Original, where you can find every cocktail recipe that I’ve shared before.

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Read next: Cocktail Hour: Whiskey Sour.

42 Comments

  1. Aimsy
    April 14, 2020

    Oh, I love a good Mojito! When done right, they are so refreshing, aren’t they?
    Thanks for the recipe, I will be giving your version a go. Perfect for sitting out in the garden enjoying the sun!

    Aimsy xoxo

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 16, 2020

      They’re the best! I love the slightly stronger flavours that you get from using a spiced rum instead of a normal white rum. I hope you enjoy it! x

      Reply
  2. Lucy
    April 14, 2020

    Ooh I love a mojito! This looks so good Faye! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2020

      Same here, I definitely think they’re even better with a spiced rum! x

      Reply
  3. Michelle
    April 14, 2020

    Who doesn’t love a Mojito, I have to say I’ve never tried a Spicy one! Think I’m gonna have to make one as god knows how long we’re going to be on lockdown for.

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 23, 2020

      I’d never had a spiced rum one until I made one myself! I have to say, as a huge mojito fan anyway, it’s so much nicer with spiced rum ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  4. Sophie Wentworth
    April 15, 2020

    I love mojitos but I don’t think I’ve ever tried one with dark rum before but I totally agree with you that sometimes a white rum version can taste watery so I’m keen to try this. It looks so delicious and refreshing. Loving the cocktail recipes too x

    Sophie

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2020

      So glad you’re enjoying the cocktail recipes! It’s been a lot of fun testing them out ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s nothing worse than a watery mojito – dark rum definitely makes all the difference x

      Reply
  5. Macey @ Brine & Books
    April 16, 2020

    I’ve definitely been making a lot more coffee over this isolation period, but mojitos sound lushhh, especially as the weather is warming up. Too bad I’m not legal yet :’)

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2020

      Oooh I do love a coffee! I’ll defo be making iced coffee’s again soon once it gets a bit warmer over here ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  6. Jenny in Neverland
    April 16, 2020

    I’ve never tried making my own cocktails! I don’t drink but I could definitely experiment with mocktails. I had a mocktail mojito last year at a restaurant and it was lovely! xxx

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 16, 2020

      Oooh, maybe mocktails are something I should look into trying for this series! A mocktail mojito sounds lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  7. Kat
    April 16, 2020

    This recipe looks perfect for a post-work drink. I’ll definitely have to give it a go! xx

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 20, 2020

      Definitely a good one for drinking post-work! x

      Reply
  8. Martyna
    April 16, 2020

    Great recipe, Iโ€™ve been trying cooking and preparing many new things since Iโ€™m staying at home for so long. It looks amazing!
    Have a nice day,
    matiime.blogspot.com

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 17, 2020

      Thank you! Experimenting with recipes is such a great way to spend time indoors at the moment x

      Reply
  9. Savannah
    April 16, 2020

    Great post! I’ve never made my own mojito, though I love them, and I can’t think of a better time to try it out. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 17, 2020

      Now is definitely the perfect time to test it out! They’re one of my favourite cocktails but I’d never really learned how to make my own until now. Hope you enjoy it! X

      Reply
  10. Alex Faith
    April 19, 2020

    I’ve only ever had one good mojito and that was on holiday! I’ve been making a few cocktails at home but I’ve only really branched out to a pina colada – I think this is next on my list! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 23, 2020

      Oooh I’d love to make a pina colada myself! Maybe that’s what I should make next. I absolutely love this version of it – they’re even better with spiced rum ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  11. Lauren Kenny
    April 19, 2020

    Yes love this! Canโ€™t wait to see any other cocktail posts you share. I am thinking of sharing cocktails on my blog tooโ˜บ๏ธXx

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 23, 2020

      Ah thank you! You should definitely share your cocktail recipes – I’d love to read them ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  12. Rayo
    April 19, 2020

    I was taught how to make cocktails couple of years ago but never put it into practice, this is such a great idea and great recipe. Thank you for sharing

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 23, 2020

      Oh that’s cool! Thank you so much – it’s definitely a current favourite drink of mine x

      Reply
  13. claire
    April 19, 2020

    I’m not the biggest fan of Mojito’s. I think it’s the mint! I love the smell, but I really don’t like the taste. Now is definitely the right time though to start experimenting and making cocktails at home.
    Claire.X
    http://www.clairemac.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 22, 2020

      I’ve really enjoyed testing out some new drinks! I love mint which is why mojitos are one of my favourites x

      Reply
  14. Mai
    April 20, 2020

    Ahh, this mojito looks so delicious and refreshing! It really makes me miss going to bars and having a nice cocktail.

    Mai
    โœฐ maidoesthings.com

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 23, 2020

      It’s such a lovely drink! I definitely miss going out for a cocktail but it’s a lot of fun learning a few new ones at home too ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  15. Charity
    April 20, 2020

    oh wow! That looks so good! I will need to try that! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 23, 2020

      It’s so lovely! I hope you enjoy trying it out for yourself x

      Reply
  16. Lauren
    April 20, 2020

    This sounds really yummy! I love a good cocktail! Perfect for the summer months ahead.

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 20, 2020

      It’s such a lovely drinks – especially for this time of year x

      Reply
  17. Francisca
    April 27, 2020

    I saw the words cocktail and I was sold, going to do my daily walk to Tesco to round up the ingredients and give this a go!

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      April 30, 2020

      Haha, I hope you liked it! x

      Reply
  18. Hannah Louise
    April 29, 2020

    I’m going to try this recipe at the weekend, it looks fab!

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      May 2, 2020

      Oooh fab! I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  19. Nancy
    May 2, 2020

    It is great that you have been learning how to make your own cocktails! I need to do the same – you save so much money this way. I love that the mojito doesn’t take much to make. It is one of my favorite simple cocktails! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      May 2, 2020

      I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own mojito so I thought now would be a great time to learn! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  20. Samantha Guerrero
    May 2, 2020

    Oh how I miss mojitos! This was my go to drink whenever I went out … thank you for sharing this recipe, I will definitely be testing this out!

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      May 4, 2020

      Mojitos always remind me of the summertime! Making them with spiced rum is honestly such a game changer – I hope you enjoy the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply
  21. Adam
    June 13, 2020

    Today is a perfect day for one of these mojitoโ€™s ๐Ÿ˜€

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      June 15, 2020

      Oh definitely ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      Reply

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