Citrusy blood orange and refreshing mint come together in this blood orange mojito. It is the perfect drink for any occasion, and easy to make with only six ingredients!
It's almost the weekend! Let's cheers to that with a refreshing blood orange mojito.
Due to the tangy citrus and sweet sugar flavors, mojitos are best enjoyed in the summertime. However, I wanted to find any excuse to bring this delicious cocktail into the winter season. Enter the blood orange! Typically, blood oranges are in season from about December to April, making them the perfect addition to a wintertime mojito. This citrusy mojito is sure to brighten up even the darkest winter days.
What is a Mojito?
The mojito originates from Cuba. With its citrusy and mint flavors, it is a popular summertime drink. Traditionally, a mojito is made using only five ingredients:
- White rum
- Mint leaves
- Soda water
In this recipe, we will add a sixth ingredient - blood orange - to add some extra citrus flavor and bold and bright color!
How to Make a Blood Orange Mojito
A mojito is a quick and easy cocktail to make. It only involves six ingredients and five steps. The key is in the muddling. Muddling is the process of mashing herbs or fruit in a glass. This helps to release the flavors of these ingredients, so they bind with the alcohol better.
There is such a thing as too much muddling. Be careful only to do a few pulses with your muddler to release the oils of the mint because too much muddling will make your drink taste bitter.
To bring your blood orange mojito to life, follow these five steps:
- Muddle a couple of lime wedges with the mint leaves in your glass.
- Add the sugar and a couple more lime wedges, and muddle together again.
- Fill your glass with ice.
- Pour the white rum and blood orange juice over the ice, and stir together.
- Top off your drink with soda water, garnish with mint and lime, and enjoy!
- As mentioned, blood oranges are in season starting around December until April. If you can't find any blood oranges, sub in regular oranges for this recipe. I suggest using Cara Cara oranges if you can find them because they are super juicy and taste delicious!
- I prefer making this blood orange mojito as authentic as possible. This means mixing sugar directly in with the lime and mint. However, I have seen many recipes made using simple syrup. If you prefer using simple syrup, replace the sugar in the recipe with 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup, depending on how sweet you want your cocktail.
- For those of you who aren't big into alcohol, you may wonder if mojitos can be made without alcohol? Luckily, this classic cocktail tastes just as good as a mocktail! Omit the white rum and enjoy your alcohol-free mojito.
- Need garnish ideas? Some of my favorite garnish options include mint leaves, lime wedges, or blood orange slices.
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