Cocktail Craft I: The Mojito

Welcome to the Cocktailarium Leveling up Guide!

Throughout these lessons, you'll learn how to mix and prepare cocktails, discover new flavors and aromas, and gain a deeper understanding about spirits and liqueurs.

There's probably no better way to get started than to make your first cocktail. If you don't have any bartending tools yet, we will provide alternatives that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Before we start, always keep this in mind:

Be Precise.

Let that be your maxim. It's the most important suggestion we can probably give you. The more precise you are when it comes to following a recipe, the better, and more consistent results it will yield. You will soon realize that measuring carefully will get you most of the way there. Eventually, you'll begin to experiment and bring your own spin into things, but even then, your precision will allow you to create consistent results.

With that out of the way, let's begin:

We'll be making a Mojito!

You may have had this cocktail before, which means you'll have a frame of reference for what the end result should taste like.

The Mojito is a very popular cocktail, but that doesn't mean it's always done well. You may have had one which skimped on the rum, or maybe it used sour mix. We encourage you to compare what you make here with what you've had in the past – it was an eye opener for some of us, and maybe it'll be the same for you too!

Getting Ready

Let's review what tools and ingredients you'll need:


  • White rum
  • 1 fresh medium-sized lime: You want a lime that feels soft and juicy. If it feels hard like a golf-ball it won't work
  • Fresh Mint (Spearmint): You'll need 10-12 medium-sized leaves and a mint sprig for garnish
  • Sugar: Any type of granulated sugar will do. Don't use powdered sugar, nor beet sugar
  • Club soda, with no added flavors
  • Ice

When it comes to the rum, stick to your budget, but try to reach for something better than the cheapest option. The quality of rum will correlate to the quality of your cocktail. Also note that this recipe calls for white rum, specifically. While other types of rum would also work here, we wouldn't be making a traditional Mojito.

Our suggestions:

  • Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 year
  • Plantation 3 Stars
  • Havana Club 3 year

Do you have any Bartender Tools (a jigger, a muddler, and a barspoon)?


Congratulations, you made your first cocktail!

Taste your cocktail and see how you like it. Hopefully it's everything you wanted it to be - you're ready for the next lesson!

If something tastes off, no worries!