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Irish Mojito

I’m definitely not Irish. I’m mostly a Swedish girl at heart- big bones, big appetite, a bit on the stubborn side, and many distant relatives in Minnesota. My husband is very Irish though, and when St. Paddy’s Day rolls around… he’s always hoping I’ll whip up some special “Irish” things. I received an email from the Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC the other day, and they were sharing some of their featured St. Patrick’s Day recipes with me. The Irish Mojito was among them. I couldn’t resist mixing this up for my husband.

Here’s the how-to:

You’ll need a big, juicy, fresh lime…

…and a bunch of fresh mint leaves.

You’ll need these two goodies, along with some ice cold club soda…

…and some sugar too.

It’s helpful to have a muddler, but if you don’t have one it’s okay… you can always use the end of a wooden spoon instead.

Squeeze lime juice into a cocktail shaker (or glass). The juice from half a lime will do.

Then add a small handful of mint leaves.

Muddle. That pretty much means, “smash them together.”

Pour in your rum.

Sprinkle in some sugar- as sweet as you desire.

Add some ice.

Put the lid on your cocktail shaker and shake away.

Strain into a glass.  A martini glass works well :)

Top off with a little bit of ice cold club soda.

A wedge of lime for garnish.

Add a drizzle of Creme de Menthe, which will sink to the bottom and make this drink look cool.

And there it is! The festive Irish Mojito! My husband and I both loved it. It’s much like a regular mojito with a little bit more of an added mint element to it. And I absolutely loved its festive look. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day :)

Yield: One cocktail

Prep Time: 10 min

Irish Mojito

Fun and festive cocktail for St. Patrick's Day celebrations...


1/2 lime, juiced
small handful of fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces Bacardi Limon
2 teaspoons (more or less) granulated sugar
club soda (a splash)
Creme de Menthe (a splash)
lime wedge, for garnish


1. Squeeze half a lime into a cocktail shaker. Add mint leaves. Muddle together using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Add Bacardi, sugar and a handful of ice. Place lid on shaker & shake away.

2. Strain mixture into a glass (martini glass suggested). Top off with a splash of club soda and a drizzle of Creme de Menthe (which will sink to the bottom). Add a lime wedge for garnish, and serve.

Source: Adapted from Benjamin Steakhouse

29 Responses to “Irish Mojito”

  1. postedMar 14, 2011 3:43 AM

    My mojito loving hubby would love this!

  2. postedMar 14, 2011 5:04 AM

    Yum! Great looking mojito!

  3. postedMar 14, 2011 5:20 AM

    This drink looks so fun! I love trying spins on the regular mojito.

  4. postedMar 14, 2011 5:41 AM

    Yes! I love this! My hubby LOVES love loves mojito’s and this is an awesome take on it! :)

    Still trying to figure out what to make for my blog post on St. Patty’s day….hmmm. Colcannon, Irish Soda bread, something sweet, meats…the possibilities are endless! :)

  5. postedMar 14, 2011 6:58 AM

    I love that picture of you, so cute! I don’t drink, but look at that color?!! Wow :)

  6. postedMar 14, 2011 7:09 AM

    This is my kind of drink! Love the mint!

  7. postedMar 14, 2011 7:46 AM

    Great post. But girl, I have seen you in person…you do NOT have big bones! You’re a tiny little thing. :)

  8. postedMar 14, 2011 8:05 AM

    What a fun festive way to celebrate St Patty’s Day! Love the photos :)

  9. postedMar 14, 2011 8:23 AM

    I cannot wait to try this! Much better alternative to green beer :)

  10. postedMar 14, 2011 8:30 AM

    First of all great tutorial..I am definitely doing this drink for my guests on Thursday. My husband is Irish and I am Spanish…have to have a little bit of me there…

  11. postedMar 14, 2011 9:39 AM

    I love this! Mojitos are my favorite fun drink and your version looks amazing!

  12. postedMar 14, 2011 10:41 AM

    Love it! Mojitos are my all time favorite drink. Also very good with pomegranite, but that’s not really St. Patrick’s Day, is it?

    One suggestion…using simple syrup instead of granulated sugar gives the drink a smoother texture.

    Love your happy smile in the picture!!

  13. postedMar 14, 2011 12:09 PM

    I’m mostly Swedish married to an Irish man too! This looks fantastic!

  14. postedMar 14, 2011 2:36 PM

    I love the way this drinks looks! It sounds perfectly delicious!

  15. postedMar 14, 2011 2:54 PM

    Looks so yummy! I’ve never even had a Mojito. Isn’t that sad??

  16. postedMar 14, 2011 3:43 PM

    It certainly looks very festive. I love drinks like this but for some reason never make it at home!

  17. postedMar 14, 2011 5:05 PM
    Mikaela Cowles

    Those look like they’d help you do an Irish jig really well.

  18. postedMar 15, 2011 12:31 AM

    The Mojito sounds fab, and girllllll,you look MAH-VELOUS! If you look that good drinking those, make mine a double! Wow!

  19. postedMar 15, 2011 5:48 AM

    Mmm, even at 8:45 in the morning, mojitos sound amazing! And I love the photo of you shaking the drinks :)

  20. postedMar 15, 2011 9:18 AM

    Now THIS is how I’d like to celebrate!! Good work and you look ever so professional making it, too! :)

  21. postedMar 15, 2011 9:31 AM

    Yum! Wish I could have one of these right now. Looks so refreshing and I love the color! Happy early St.Patty’s Day!

  22. postedMar 15, 2011 10:31 AM

    Mmm how about sending some of that over to me? Awesome picture of you, considering bartending as a second [third?] career?

  23. postedMar 15, 2011 12:57 PM

    In Ohio we made mojitos all the time – had mint growing all around the house:) I just bought a bunch of mint to make a pesto-like sauce, and thought of making a mojito today:)
    The drink looks pretty and I love your process photos, all green:)

  24. postedMar 15, 2011 4:15 PM

    First time on your blog – First of, Love the color of the mojito and the color of your nails :) I do also think you have a very winsome smile :) Love your pictures and am happy I landed on your blog!

  25. postedMar 15, 2011 11:45 PM

    Thanks for posting this! I included it along with Grasshoppers and Caramel Apple Martini’s on my St. Patty’s Day “Green Drink” post for Thursday (to be posted early that morning! Tonight, in an hour or so, I am posting a double chocolate stout cupcake with irish cream frosting…OMG…so good! Anyway, thanks for sharing!!! The Irish Mojito was a hit with the hubby!

  26. postedMar 16, 2011 10:25 AM

    This is fantastic! I adore Mojitos and this looks amazing.

  27. postedMar 17, 2011 5:58 AM

    Looks great! I just posted 3 Green drinks on my blog! This one, caramel apple martini and grasshopper recipes!

  28. postedMar 17, 2011 6:25 AM

    Oooh, how refreshing! It’s supposed to get hot (ish) here this week, too… =D

  29. postedMar 19, 2011 5:56 PM

    Ha! Love the shot of you shaking that cocktail. Fun post :)

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