Simple ways to bring bold flavor to a classic mojito cocktail

Maui-jito at Cabo Wabo Beach Club, photo provided by Cabo Wabo
Maui-jito at Cabo Wabo Beach Club, photo provided by Cabo Wabo /

From a warm weather sipper to National Mojito Day, that classic mojito cocktail can be more than just a handful of ingredients. With a few simple twists, that bright, sweet herbal beverage can be even more flavorful.

While the mojito cocktail can be traced back to Cuba, the relatively simple libation has a flavor that is sweet and refreshing when the temperatures are sweltering. The combination of mint, sugar, and rum has a slightly island vibe, but it is more than a vacation toast. From backyard barbecue to even brunch, the crisp, bright flavor is a popular choice.

As many cocktail enthusiasts appreciate, a great beverage starts with using the best ingredients and putting in the effort. It can be easy to crack a can and pour, but building flavor in that shaker often brings memorable results.

With the classic mojito cocktail, muddling the mint is vital. As the mint’s aromatics and oils combine with the simple syrup, a bright, refreshing whiff builds the anticipation. Even though many recipes use a white rum, a few twists can elevate the flavor of that classic mojito.

Coconut Mojito
Coconut Mojito, photo provided by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum /

Vibrant twists on the classic mojito cocktail.

Coconut Mojito

Mint and coconut are a lovely combination. Highlighting a more tropical vibe, the sip can conjure images of sandy beaches and sunny days. One example, from Sammy Hagar’s Greatest Cocktail Hits, uses Sammy’s Beach Bar Platinum Rum, lime, mint and cane sugar. By adding a little coconut water and coconut cream, it has a double dose of coconut.

Pomegranate Mojito

Pomegranate has a lovely tartness. While some people might want to add some of those seeds as a garnish, the Monin Pomegranate Syrup is an easy way to bring that sweet tartness to the classic mojito cocktail. This cocktail can balance a spicy dish. And, for those people who want to leave the shaking to the professionals, it is on the menu at the Cabo Wabo Beach Club in Huntington Beach.

Mojito Rising

For cocktail lovers who enjoy a little extra pour in their glass, this special Sammy Hagar recipe brings together Sammy’s Beach Bar Platinum and Red Head rums. Without overpowering the other ingredients, the combination of rums will have many people ready to sing its praises.


A favorite at Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas, the berry forward mojito is vibrant in flavor and color. While it swaps vodka for the rum, the soda water floater keeps it effervescent. Plus, berries and mint are always a winning combination.


Available at the Cabo Wabo Beach Club in Huntington Beach, the pineapple forward mojito is quite a treat. From the dehydrated pineapple garnish to a splash of club soda, one sip can make bring on total relaxation.

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