It’s getting pretty cold outside lately, the days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping quickly, and some of us are still reminiscing about the summer, wishing that we could be having fun in the sun again. However, fear not, I’ve assembled three version of a typical summery drink, the mojito, to get a little bit of the summer spirit back! 

Traditionally, this Cuban cocktail is made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint. But, to make it more exciting than your average mojito, I’ve listed three recipes with a twist! 

These three cocktails are perfect to make when you want to drink something else than a plain beer or your regular glass of wine. As all of them are very simple to make and have the same base alcohol. You could also make all three of them at the same time for when you have a dinner party with friends (or just to treat yourself!)  

Pineapple Mojito: 

Starting off with a drink that truly tastes like summer, the Pineapple Mojito! 

This cocktail has a sweet flavor, thanks to the pineapple, but you can still feel that it’s a mojito. 

Link to the original recipe: 

What you’ll need for 2 servings: 

  • 20 fresh mint leaves 
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh (or frozen) pineapple (this is optional) 
  • Ice cubes 
  • 360 ml pineapple juice 
  • 120 ml of white rum 
  • 2 splashes of soda water 
  • 2 wedges of fresh pineapple for decoration (optional) 

What to do: 

  1. In a highball glass, add the mint leaves, the sugar and the pineapple chunks, and muddle this together with a (wooden) spoon until the mint is bruised. 
  1. Add the ice cubes to the glass. 
  1. Pour the pineapple juice and the white rum into the glass and mix this through.  
  1. Add a splash of soda water and garnish the drink with a pineapple wedge if you want. And to make it look even nicer, you can add some mint leaves to the top as well.  

Blue Curacao Mojito: 

The second version that I would like to share contains two types of alcohol: White rum and Blue Curacao. 

Blue curacao is a citrus flavoured liqueur from the Dutch island of Curacao. This adds a lovely fresh to your drink because it’s infused with citrus peels. 

Original recipe: 

Ingredients for 2 servings: 

  • 1,5 teaspoons of white sugar 
  • 240 ml soda water 
  • 1 lime cut into quarters 
  • 20  fresh mint leaves 
  • 30 ml white rum 
  • 15 ml Blue Curaçao 
  • Ice cubes 

What to do: 

  1. Muddle the mint leaves and the lime wedges into a highball glass with a (wooden) spoon, until the mint is bruised. 
  1. Add the ice cubes. 
  1. Pour the remaining ingredients over the ice. 

Spicy mango Mojito: 

The last version of the mojito, and my personal favorite, is the spicy Mango Mojito! 

This drink is perfectly in balance: It’s a bit sweet, a bit sour, and you also get some spice from the jalapeno pepper!  

Link to the original recipe: 

Ingredients for 2 servings: 

  • 2-3 teaspoons of brown sugar 
  • 20 fresh mint leaves 
  • 1 fresh green jalapeno chili pepper, thinly sliced and seeds removed.  
  • 100 ml of dark rum 
  • 150 ml of mango juice 
  • 200 ml of soda water 
  • Ice cubes 

What to do: 

  1. Add the sugar, the mint leaves and the jalapeno slices to a highball glass and muddle together until the mint is bruised.  
  1. To the glass, add the rum, mango juice and the sugar and mix until the sugar is dissolved.  
  1. Add a handful of ice cubes and top up with the soda water. 
  1. Your spicy mango mojito is now finished, but is you want you can garnish the drink with some jalapeno slices and some mint leaves. 

Be sure to try out all three of these variations of the mojito, because I think everyone would enjoy them!  

Have fun while making them, but be careful that you don’t drink too much! I know these cocktails are very tasty, and it's really easy to get a bit tipsy while slurping them.