Fizzy, minty, and slightly sweet this Mango Mojito Cocktail recipe is refreshing and easy to make using fresh mangos, mango nectar or mango juice. Whip up this white rum adult beverage as a cocktail or make a mango mojito mocktail!
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Serving up My Best Mango Mojito Recipe
Sharing another inspired cocktail from among my favorite adult beverage category: Mojitos! I find mojitos to be forever adaptable using fresh in season fruit. Like my Strawberry Mojitos this fresh mango mojito recipe is also easily made into a mocktail or pitcher for a small crowd.
So refreshing and simple to make, it’s a perfect drink for hot summertime days!
Ingredients You’ll Need
You may be wondering what’s in a mango mojito. They’re the same as a classic mojito, but with the addition of fresh mango, mango nectar or juice mixed in. Here’s what you’ll need (see recipe card for details):
- Homemade simple syrup (sugar or honey)
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Mango Nectar, Mango Juice or Fresh Mango
- Light/White Rum – leave out for a mocktail
- Crushed Ice – for next level crushed ice, give it a few pulses in a blender
- Club Soda
Be sure to grab some extra mint for a pretty garnish! I grow mint in a small herb patch specifically for mojitos, tea and smoothies. It’s a fail-proof plant and it’s one thing the deer don’t eat.
Quick Guide: How to Make Mango Mojitos
Make a single, double or pitcher. In summary, here’s how to make this mango mint mojito (see recipe card for details):
- First, make the mint simple syrup recipe and allow it to cool.
- Second, in a highball glass, lime wedges, simple and mint. Gently muddle until the lime juice is released.
- Next, top with ice, pour in the rum then fill club soda to the rim.
- Last, garnish with mint leaves, and lime wheel.
For Mango Mint Mojitos in a Pitcher
For a small crowd, this mojito recipe can easily be scaled up. For ease, muddle the lime, mint and simple in a Mason jar, in batches if needed, then transfer it to a pitcher. Pour in the white rum, mango nectar, then the club soda. Share quickly so the fizz stays fizzy! Pour over ice packed glasses, then garnish with mint and a lime wheel.
Which One? Mango Nectar, Mango Juice or Fresh Mango
There are several options when it comes to incorporating mango into your mojitos. Lucky for us, we have a few choices when it comes to availability. Here are the differences between the three.
Mango Nectar: made of fresh mango, water, sweetener and sometimes other ingredients depending on brand. I love organic mango nectar because it has concentrated flavor and it tastes so darn good! Look for a brand with the simplest ingredients such as water, mango and sugar.
Mango Juice: made of 100% mango juice, and sometimes with other juice additions such as apple or lemon. Look for organic if possible. Mango Juice can sometimes be hard to find in store.
Fresh Mango: easy to find, especially during summer. I like the green-red-yellow variety but smaller honey mangos are delicious too. Mango chunks smash up easy and also make a delicious mango puree if you’d like to go that route. You’ll need about 1/2 a mango per mojito. Fresh mango produces a milder tasting mojito, but still delicious nevertheless.
A Few Recipe Tips
- How to Choose a Mango: Unripe fruit will be firm and not give to light pressure. To ripen, simply store mangos at room temperature. Test the fruit each day by giving it a gentle squeeze. When ripe, mango will give just a bit under pressure. Enjoy mangos soon, else they tend to get mushy.
- How Sweet? Because of variations in sweetness of mango nectar, juice and fresh mangos, adjust sweetness to taste in your mojito.
- How to Cut a Mango: Here’s a video that shows how simple cutting a mango is!
- Make it a Mocktail: For a mango mojito without alcohol, simply omit the rum and add a bit more club soda or mango nectar and simple to taste.
- Vodka Instead: For a mango mojito with vodka, simply swap the rum for vodka.
More Fresh White Rum Cocktails to Make
Mango Mojito Recipe
For the Mint Simple Syrup*:
- 1/2 C (120g) Sugar Evaporated Cane Juice*
- 1/2 C (115g) Water
- 2 Stems of Mint stems and leaves
For the Mojito (yields one drink):
- 1/2 (55 grams) Fresh Lime cut into 4 wedges
- 4-8 Mint Leaves (depends on taste, I use 8 or more), reserve one stem for garnish.
- 3 ounces (85 grams) Mango Nectar or Juice **see note
- 1 – 1 1/2 ounce (28-42 grams) Mint Simple Syrup cooled (recipe above)
- 2 ounces (57 grams) White / Light Rum or leave out for mocktail***
- Crushed Ice
- Club Soda
For the Mint Simple Syrup:
- Pour the sugar and water in a two-quart saucepan, then add the mint and bring to a boil. Stir. Boil until all the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to steep for 10 minutes and allow to the syrup to cool. Remove the mint leaves and pour into a lidded container for storage in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For the Mojito:
- In a 16 ounce (454 grams) highball glass, layer the cut lime wedges and simple. Muddle the mixture for about 30 seconds or until the limes have released their juice. Add the mint leaves and gently muddle a few times.
- Add crushed ice to the top of the glass, then pour in the light rum (or omit for mocktail) and mango nectar. Top with club soda, stir and taste for sweetness. Adjust as desired. Garnish with a lime wedge or lime wheel and mint stem.