Mastiha Mojito Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:~10

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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 Mastiha Mojito is a delightful twist on the classic Mojito, incorporating Mastiha liqueur, a spirit with a distinctive flavor derived from the resin of the mastic tree, native to the Greek island of Chios. This cocktail is a favorite among those who appreciate a touch of Mediterranean flair in their drinks. The Mastiha Mojito is perfect for sipping on a warm, sunny day and has quickly become a beloved choice at beachside bars and upscale lounges alike.

How Mastiha Mojito Tastes?

The Mastiha Mojito offers a refreshing and aromatic experience, with a unique balance of sweet, herbaceous, and slightly resinous flavors. The Mastiha liqueur provides a smooth, slightly piney sweetness, while the mint and lime add a zesty freshness. The rum underlines the cocktail with a subtle warmth, making it an invigorating and complex drink.

Interesting facts about Mastiha Mojito

  • Mastiha liqueur is made from the sap of the mastic tree, which is harvested through an age-old tradition on the island of Chios.
  • The Mojito is believed to have originated in Cuba, but the Mastiha Mojito is a modern variation that celebrates Greek culture.
  • Mastiha has been used for its medicinal properties since antiquity, and it's said to aid digestion, making this cocktail a potential after-dinner treat.


Fresh Mint Leaves

Using 4 mint leaves is just enough to infuse the drink with a fresh, herbal aroma without overpowering it. Mint is crucial for that refreshing mojito vibe, and skipping it is like forgetting your swimsuit at a pool party — a total bummer. No mint, no mojito!

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Bacardi Light Rum

1 oz of Bacardi light rum is the stealthy backbone of this cocktail. It's light and not too imposing, allowing the mastiha to shine. Using more might turn your relaxing mojito into a tipsy tango, and less would be like going to the beach and not getting in the water.

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Mastiha Liqueur

1.5 oz of Mastiha liqueur brings the distinctive mastic flavor; think of it as the superstar in your mojito stage. Too little, and the show's a dud. Too much, and it's an overwhelming one-man band.

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Soda Water

Half a cup of soda water gives that fizzy lift every mojito needs. Without it, you'd just have a flat performance. Like attending a concert without any sound system.

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Lime Wedges

The juice from 0.5 lime adds tartness and brightness, creating a flavorful balance. It's the zing in your step, the spark in your party. No lime means no pizazz, and who wants a dull party?

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Finally, ice keeps the drink cold and refreshing. Without it, you might as well drink warm lemonade on a hot summer's day. The horror!

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Recipe. How to make Mastiha Mojito Drink

  1. Muddle the Ingredients
    • Place the mint leaves and 2 lime wedges in a shaker.
    • Crush them with a muddler to release the flavors.
  2. Shake it Up
    • Add 1 oz of Bacardi light rum and 1.5 oz of Mastiha liqueur.
    • Top with a handful of ice and shake until well chilled.
  3. Serve
    • Strain the mixture over ice in a tall glass.
    • Top with soda water.
  4. Garnish
    • Add a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime for garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: To elevate your Mastiha Mojito, chill the glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • Slap the Mint: Before garnishing, give the mint sprig a gentle slap between your hands to awaken the oils for a more vibrant aroma.
  • Balance the Sweetness: Adjust the amount of Mastiha liqueur to your taste if you prefer a less sweet cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The herbal notes of mint and the unique piney flavor of mastiha complement the smokiness of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Greek Mezze: An array of Greek appetizers like tzatziki, dolmades, and feta cheese will pair delightfully with the aromatic cocktail.
  • Fresh Salads: Opt for salads with citrus dressings or with fruits like pomegranate to mirror the tartness of the lime.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled White Wine: A crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay could follow the Mastiha Mojito nicely, sharing some similar flavor profiles.
  • Sparkling Water with Citrus: For a non-alcoholic option, this would cleanse the palate without overpowering the cocktail's flavors.

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What you could change in Mastiha Mojito

  • Rum: If you're out of Bacardi light rum, any quality light rum will do. For a stronger licorice flavor, substitute with ouzo.
  • Mastiha Liqueur: If Mastiha is hard to find, try using a clear anise-flavored liqueur as a substitute, though the unique Mastiha flavor will be missed.
  • Soda Water: Club soda can be used interchangeably with soda water.

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Cucumber Mastiha Mojito

  • Ingredients: Add 2 slices of cucumber.
  • Recipe: Muddle the cucumber with mint and lime, then add the rum and mastiha and follow the rest of the steps.
  • Taste: The cucumber adds a spa-like freshness that pairs wonderfully with the mastiha. It's like refreshing your senses at a serene beach retreat.

Spicy Mastiha Mojito

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño with the mint and lime, then the rest is as usual.
  • Taste: It'll spice up your life! The heat from the jalapeño brings a daring edge that cuts through the sweetness for a bold, exciting twist.

Berry Mastiha Mojito

  • Ingredients: Add a handful of mixed berries.
  • Recipe: Muddle the berries with the mint and lime, and proceed with the original recipe.
  • Taste: Berries bring a summery fruitiness that complements the mastiha's aromatic qualities, making it a perfect sunny day sipper.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mastiha Mojito

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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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 Mastiha Mojito

What is the best season to enjoy a Mastiha Mojito?

Although a Mastiha Mojito can be enjoyed year-round, it is especially refreshing during the spring and summer months when the weather is warm.

Can the Mastiha Mojito be made into a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version by omitting the rum and Mastiha liqueur and using a non-alcoholic herbal syrup or more soda water with a dash of lime for flavor.

What does Mastiha taste like and how does it influence the cocktail's flavor?

Mastiha has a distinct flavor that can be described as woody, earthy, with hints of herbal sweetness. It adds a resinous, slightly sweet profile to the Mojito that sets it apart from the classic version.

Is Mastiha Mojito suitable for vegans?

Yes, the Mastiha Mojito is suitable for vegans as it's made from plant-based ingredients and doesn't contain any animal products.

How do I properly muddle mint leaves without overdoing it?

When muddling mint leaves, press gently and twist slightly. The goal is to release the essential oils without shredding the leaves, which can lead to a bitter flavor.

What is a good occasion to serve a Mastiha Mojito?

A Mastiha Mojito is perfect for festive occasions, summer pool parties, and as a signature drink at gatherings that emphasize fresh and aromatic cuisine.

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