Ginger mojito, your new favourite cocktail

Ginger mojito, your new favourite cocktail

The ginger mojito is everything you love about a mojito with the added delicious spicy goodness of ginger.

Personally I love ginger, and I love it in everything from savoury to sweet. My go to are gingernut biscuits (Leda are my favourite in Australia) and these little ginger candies by The Ginger People.

It’s a great summer drink perfect for an afternoon in the sunshine, or shared with friends. The recipe is straight forward enough to make one for yourself or scale into bigger portions.

You can buy ginger cordial in stores, or use homemade ginger syrup from my stem ginger in syrup recipe.

How does a ginger mojito taste?

First up you get the freshness of the mint, followed by the tanginess of the lime and finish with the refreshing kick from the ginger.

What ingredients do I need for a ginger mojito?

At a minimum you’ll need:

  • Fresh lime
  • Fresh mint
  • Ginger syrup or cordial
  • Soda or sparkling water
  • Ice cubes

For alcoholic mojitos:

  • A white spirit, traditionally rum but vodka also works
Ginger mojito a long glass filled with mint leaves, lime slices topped up with soda water.
A ginger mojito using homemade ginger syrup

Can I modify the ingredients?

Absolutely!

Ginger syrup, cordial or ginger ale

I have made these mojitos with all three and they all have their subtle differences while still being delicious.

For ginger syrup and cordial the method is the same. Use 30mL of syrup/ cordial and top up with soda water. This should give you a good ginger taste.
Depending on the strength of your cordial or syrup you may need to adjust up the amount.

If you prefer a sweeter drink add a small amount of sugar before the soda water. This is traditional for a mojito but is less necessary when you’re using ginger syrup.

Ginger ale or ginger beer is also a great option, especially if you can’t find ginger syrup or cordial in your area. Simply top up your glass with ginger ale or ginger beer instead of soda water.

Which ever ginger ingredient you choose you’ll get a tasty result.
Soda water and syrup is the diet friendly option while ginger ale and ginger beer will better suit the sweet tooth folk.

Alcoholic spirits

Traditionally a mojito is made with white rum. If you’re not a rum fan or don’t have any available vodka also works well -in my opinion at least!

If you want to upgrade the spice you could opt for a spiced rum like Kraken or Jolly Sailor.

Can I make an alcohol free ginger mojito?

Yes! In fact the first one I made was alcohol free. It was a great refreshing drink during the early stages of my pregnancy.

Ginger is well known to alleviate feelings of nausea which is what lead me to experimenting with different ginger combinations.

How to make a ginger mojito

Add the spirit (if using), syrup, two wedges of lime and at least a sprig of mint to a tall glass (a sprig will be about 12 leaves)

With a muddler, or even a spoon, press the ingredients in the glass to release the flavours.

Add your ice blocks (the more the better) and top up with soda water. Mix with a long spoon.

Garnish with a slice of lime and extra mint. Cheers!

Ginger Mojito

This works perfectly as a cocktail or mocktail. Make it a big batch in a pitcher for a perfect summer party or picnic drink.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 30 mL Ginger syrup or cordial 30mL is one fluid ounce
  • 30 mL white spirit, rum or vodka optional
  • 2 wedges fresh lime
  • 12 mint leaves
  • soda water to top up
  • ice cubes / crushed ice

Instructions
 

  • Add the spirit (if using), syrup, two wedges of lime and at least a sprig of mint to a tall glass (a sprig will be about 12 leaves)
  • With a muddler, or even a spoon, press the ingredients in the glass to release the flavours.
  • Add your ice blocks (the more the better) and top up with soda water. Mix with a long spoon.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime and extra mint. Cheers!
Keyword Cocktail, ginger syrup, mocktail

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