Mojo Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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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 7, 2024


The Mojo cocktail is a refreshing drink that originated from the Canary Islands. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy a tangy, citrusy flavor with a hint of spice. The name 'Mojo' comes from the famous Mojo sauce used in Canarian cuisine, which is known for its tangy and spicy flavor profile.

  • Who would like it?
    • If you're a fan of citrusy cocktails with a hint of spice, the Mojo cocktail is for you. It's also a great choice for those who enjoy experimenting with unique and exotic flavors.

How Mojo Tastes?

The Mojo cocktail is a delightful blend of tangy, sweet, and spicy flavors. The citrusy notes from the lemon and orange are perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the honey, while the chili flakes add a subtle heat that lingers on the palate.

Interesting facts about Mojo

  • The Mojo cocktail is named after the famous Mojo sauce from the Canary Islands.
  • Despite its name, the Mojo cocktail does not actually contain any Mojo sauce.
  • The Mojo cocktail is traditionally served in a highball glass.


White Rum

White rum is the backbone of our Mojo cocktail with its clean taste allowing the brighter flavors to shine. Using 2oz strikes the right balance between potency and taste. Less rum, and you risk a subdued drink; more, and we wave goodbye to that delicate dance of flavors.

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Lemon Juice

1oz of lemon juice brings a zesty tang that cuts through sweetness, acting as your cocktail's refreshing wake-up call. Omit this, and the drink leans toward cloyingly sweet. Substituting lime juice could introduce a slightly more tart edge.

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Orange Juice

At 1oz, orange juice lends a sweet, fruity base that unites with the lemon for a harmonious citrus blend. No OJ would mean no middle ground between rum's kick and lemon's pucker. Mango juice could be a sweeter alternative, altering the drink's character.

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1 tablespoon of honey is not just for bears! It adds a natural sweetness and smoothness that granulated sugar can't match. Too much could overpower the citrus notes, whereas too little risks a tart overtone. Maple syrup could be a delicious swap but with a more pronounced flavor profile.

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Chili Flakes

A pinch of chili flakes is your wildcard. It creates a delicate heat that sparkles amid the sweetness and acidity. Miss out on this, and it's like a party without music – sure, you can do it, but why would you? Ground cayenne pepper could work for a cleaner heat.

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Soda Water

Top up with soda water for effervescence that stretches the drink, lightening it without diluting the flavors. Flat drink equals flat times. Sparkling water can be an alternative but will possibly add a mineral flavor.

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Ice Cubes

Ice is crucial for keeping your Mojo chilled and refreshing. No ice equals a warm cocktail, and nobody gets cool points for that. Crushed ice can make for a slushier texture, perfect for sipping in the sun.

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Lemon Slice

A garnish like a lemon slice is the final flourish, adding a pop of color and a friendly wink of extra citrus to your senses as you sip. Going without means a less inviting glass – a dress without the accessory.

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Recipe. How to make Mojo Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2oz of white rum to the glass.
  3. Add 1oz of lemon juice and 1oz of orange juice.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and a pinch of chili flakes.
  5. Top up with soda water and stir well.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to stir the cocktail well to ensure that the honey is fully dissolved.
  • For a spicier kick, you can add more chili flakes.
  • Use fresh lemon and orange juice for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

With its zesty, sweet, and slightly spicy profile, the Mojo cocktail is versatile enough to accompany a range of dishes.

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes will complement the charred flavor of the seafood, while the honey's sweetness balances the brininess.
  • Latin-inspired Dishes: Tacos, ceviche, or empanadas will resonate with the refreshing and fruity dimensions of the cocktail.
  • Asian Cuisine: Lightly spiced Asian dishes like spring rolls or a Thai mango salad could be uplifted by the cocktail's tropical tones and fiery kick.

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What you could change in Mojo

  • White Rum: You can substitute the white rum with vodka or tequila for a different flavor profile.
  • Honey: If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, you can reduce the amount of honey or substitute it with agave syrup.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Mango Mojo

  • Replace orange juice with mango juice
  • Add a dash of hot sauce instead of chili flakes This twist embraces a tropical tone with a fiercer heat. The mango juice sweetens the deal, while the hot sauce brings a saucier kick. It's sunshine in a glass, with a bite.

Honeyed Herb Mojo

  • Muddle a few fresh mint or basil leaves with the honey before adding the other ingredients
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint or basil The herbal notes will add a fresh layer of complexity, playing nicely with the honey's sweetness. It's like a garden party, but in your mouth.

Berry Bliss Mojo

  • Muddle a handful of mixed berries before adding other ingredients
  • Top up with berry-flavored sparkling water Berries and citrus are a match made in heaven, bringing a fruity explosion to your taste buds. It's a cocktail that says 'I'm ready for summer,' any time of the year.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mojo

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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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 Mojo

What other garnishes can go well with Mojo cocktail?

You can also garnish your Mojo cocktail with a slice of orange or a spicy pepper for an additional kick.

Can the Mojo cocktail be served in a different type of glass?

While it is traditionally served in a highball glass, the Mojo cocktail can also be served in a hurricane glass or a Collins glass.

Is there a mocktail version of the Mojo cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version you can replace the rum with soda water or ginger ale and follow the same recipe.

Can the Mojo cocktail be made in advance?

The Mojo cocktail tastes best when made fresh, but you can prep the juice mixture ahead and add the rum and soda water just before serving.

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