Not a fan of rum? Don't let that stop you from sipping summertime's best cocktail. Vodka Mojitos are all things minty, cool, and refreshing. It's going to go down just like a classic mojito, only with vodka instead of rum.
With this recipe, you can consider muddling mint leaves a thing of the past. Instead, we'll let ice do the work for us. That's right, welcome to the easiest Vodka Mojito recipe ever. You can even use a measuring pitcher and mason jar in place of a jigger and shaker.
Ice is more than capable of breaking up those mint leaves and releasing all those refreshing minty oils. These oils infuse all throughout the shaker (or jar!) and it's what makes a mojito...well, taste like a mojito. Well, that, lime, simple syrup, and bubbles.
Vodka Mojitos are perfect for a poolside treat or to serve up at your next cookout. The mason jars can even double as a serving glass for an easier cleanup and your guests will be crazy about this refreshing, Summer cocktail!
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VODKA MOJITO INGREDIENTS
- Vodka | Rum is the standard liquor used in a classic mojito recipe, but vodka can easily be swapped in. Be sure to use a high-quality vodka you actually enjoy, as the flavor of alcohol is not highly masked in Vodka Mojitos.
- Mint | Fresh Mint is a key mojito ingredient. Be sure you have plenty on hand! You will need about ⅓ cup of mojito leaves per cocktail.
- Lime Juice | There is no comparison to fresh-squeezed lime juice. You will need about one lime per mojito.
- Simple Syrup | Simple syrup is a cocktail sweetener that is made up of equal parts water and sugar. You can easily make simple syrup at home or you can purchase a bottle at the grocery or liquor store.
- Club Soda | Club soda is responsible for the bubbles in this cocktail! You could use also sparkling water or seltzer and its place if you'd like.
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VODKA VS. RUM
Let's talk for a moment about our choice of spirits and the differences between our two contenders.
Traditionally, rum is used in mojitos. It is a slightly richer liquor made from fermented sugar cane and molasses. Depending on the type of rum you get, you may pick up on a sweetness or smokey undertones.
Vodka on the other hand is known for its lack of distinct flavor and the name itself comes from the Slavic word for water. Vodka is made from fermented grains, or sometimes potatoes, mixed with alcohol or ethanol. If you try enough various types you'll probably be able to detect slight differences in flavor and mouthfeel. Some possess a silky, or even oily texture, while others feel lighter and cleaner with a somewhat medicinal finish.
Both liquors work great in mojitos and it really just comes down to preference. Some people have a harder time with rum because of the bolder flavor and with vodka being the less common choice for this particular drink, we thought we'd give it it's moment of glory. Alright, now on to the fun part!
HOW TO MAKE A VODKA MOJITO
If you want to use a shaker to make your Vodka Mojitos, fill it about halfway full of ice. Then add the mint leaves, the vodka, freshly squeezed lime juice, and simple syrup. Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
Strain the contents of the shaker into a tall glass filled with ice, and pour club soda over the top. Give your drink a little stir, and garnish with mint and lime wedge, if desired.
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HOW TO MAKE IT IN A MASON JAR
If you are using a mason jar, fill the mason jar about halfway with ice, and add the mint leaves, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Seal the mason jar and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Then, remove the lid and add more ice if desired. Fill to the top with soda water and stir.
Finish off your Vodka Mojito with a fresh mint leaf and fresh lime, and enjoy!
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Vodka Mojitos are like Summertime in a glass. These things are refreshing, delicious, and incredibly easy to make!
- ⅓ cup mint leaves, plus extra for garnish, if desired
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1-2 ounces club soda or sparkling water
Add the mint leaves, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a shaker filled at least halfway with ice. You could also use a mason jar equipped with a lid.
Seal the container and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
If using a shaker, strain into a 12 to 16-ounce glass filled with ice. If using a mason jar, top off with more ice if desired. Pour soda water over the top to fill and stir. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired, serve, and enjoy!