Bourbon Mojito Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:15%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Bourbon Mojito is a Southern twist on the classic Mojito, which hails from Havana, Cuba. Traditionally made with rum, the Bourbon Mojito swaps in Kentucky's finest for a richer, deeper flavor profile. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate the minty freshness of a Mojito but desire the complex notes of a good bourbon.

  • Originating in the South, it's a hit at summer barbecues.
  • The mint used is often grown in-house for the freshest taste.
  • It's a favorite among bourbon enthusiasts looking to enjoy a lighter, more refreshing drink.

How Bourbon Mojito Tastes?

The Bourbon Mojito has a refreshing minty tang with the sweet undertones of bourbon. It's a harmonious blend of warmth and coolness, with a slightly woody aftertaste that lingers pleasantly.

Interesting facts about Bourbon Mojito

  • The Mojito was Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink, and the Bourbon Mojito might have been his choice if he had spent more time in the South.
  • Mint is not just for flavor; it also aids in digestion, making this cocktail a good after-dinner choice.
  • The use of bourbon in a Mojito is a relatively new trend, showcasing the versatility of this American spirit.


Fresh mint leaves

Essential for any mojito, mint adds a refreshing kick that makes the cocktail sing. Too few, and you'll miss the aromatic hit; too many, and it might taste like a herbal potion. If your mint looks sadder than soggy lettuce at a buffet, try basil for a different herbal note.

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Simple syrup

The sweet to our sour, simple syrup balances lime's tartness and smooths over the bourbon's burn. If you've got a heavy hand and overdo it, you'll be sipping candy. No simple syrup? Fine granulated sugar will do, just dissolve it well.

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Lime juice

This zesty citrus is the life of the party in a Bourbon Mojito, offering a sharp tang that contrasts with the sweet elements. Without it, your mojito might just be a sad, mint-infused bourbon. Too much, and you're puckering more than at a sour-tasting contest.

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The star of the show, bourbon brings depth and warmth to the drink. Swap it with rye for more spice, or with scotch for a smokier plot twist. Skimping on bourbon means waving goodbye to the warm hug it should give.

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Club soda

The fizz in the biz, club soda adds a lively sparkle which makes the drink dance. If left out, your mojito would be a flat line on the EKG of cocktails. No club soda? Tonic could work, but beware the quinine's extra bitterness.

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Keeps the drink cool and dilutes it just right—like a swimming pool on a scorching day. No ice means a less refreshing, possibly too-strong cocktail. Crushed ice melts faster; keep it in mind for a quicker chill.

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A mint sprig and lime wheel make your drink look fresh out of a magazine spread. Not just for show, they also provide a fragrant welcome as you sip. Without them, the cocktail still tastes great, but misses the red carpet moment.

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Recipe. How to make Bourbon Mojito Drink

  1. Muddle the mint leaves with simple syrup in the bottom of a highball glass to release the mint's oils.
  2. Add the lime juice and fill the glass with ice cubes.
  3. Pour in the bourbon and give it a gentle stir.
  4. Top with club soda and stir once more to combine.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wheel on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Slap the mint sprig between your hands before garnishing to release more aroma.
  • Use crushed ice to make the drink even more refreshing on a hot day.
  • For a smoother taste, double strain the lime juice to remove any pulp.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp - The smoky flavor of grilled shrimp complements the bourbon's richness.
  • Smoked Salmon - A classic pairing, the fat in the salmon balances the acidity of the lime.

Main Courses

  • Barbecue Pork - The sweet and tangy flavors of barbecue sauce work well with the refreshing qualities of a mojito.
  • Cajun Chicken - The spices in Cajun seasoning will be cooled down by the mint and lime in the cocktail.


  • Key Lime Pie - A dessert that echoes the tartness of lime in the mojito for a cohesive flavor experience.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream - The simplicity of vanilla contrasts with the complexity of the Bourbon Mojito.

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What you could change in Bourbon Mojito

  • If you're out of bourbon, a good quality rye whiskey can also complement the mint and lime flavors.
  • In place of simple syrup, honey syrup or agave nectar can add a different sweet profile.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, use a bourbon-flavored syrup and omit the alcohol.

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Spicy Bourbon Mojito

Add a few slices of jalapeño when you muddle the mint for a fiery twist. The heat will play well with the bourbon's warmth, giving a zesty and daring dimension to the classic mojito.

Smoked Maple Bourbon Mojito

Replace simple syrup with maple syrup and add a dash of liquid smoke. The smoky sweetness will transport you to an autumnal forest campfire, crafting a rustically sweet symphony with the bourbon.

Apple Cider Bourbon Mojito

Swap club soda for sparkling apple cider and add a cinnamon stick garnish. This cozy twist marries apple's tartness with bourbon, perfect for sweater weather and leaves falling.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bourbon Mojito

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bourbon Mojito

What type of glass is best for serving a Bourbon Mojito?

A highball glass is typically used for a Bourbon Mojito as it allows plenty of room for the ice, mint, and club soda.

Can I make a Bourbon Mojito in a pitcher for a party?

Absolutely! Just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you want. Muddle the mint and mix everything except the club soda in the pitcher. Add the club soda just before serving to keep it fizzy.

Is there a specific technique for muddling the mint?

When muddling the mint, you want to press and twist gently to release the oils without tearing the leaves, which can lead to bitterness.

Can I use bottled lime juice instead of fresh?

Fresh lime juice is recommended for the best flavor, but if you're in a pinch, bottled lime juice can be used.

How can I ensure my Bourbon Mojito isn't too sweet or too strong?

Start with the recipe's suggested measurements, and then adjust the simple syrup and bourbon to your taste preference after your first sip.

What's the best way to store fresh mint for cocktails?

Keep mint like a bouquet, stems in water, and cover the leaves with a plastic bag in your fridge. It can stay fresh for up to a week.

Are there any specific brands of bourbon that work best in a Bourbon Mojito?

While the choice of bourbon is often based on personal preference, mid-range bourbons that aren't too peaty or smoky often work best in maintaining the cocktail's balance.

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