Quick Cuban orange mojito is the ultimate summer cocktail! Why? Because it’s easy, fun and tasty! And also because nothing is better than a simple mojito cocktail!
The traditional mojito consists of white rum, sugar cane juice, mint, lime juice and soda water. 5 simple ingredients combined together and topped with ice create one of the most popular refreshing cocktails in the world!
Do you know what the story behind this summer cocktail is? There are a few different theories behind its origin: It could have been African slaves working in Cuba’s sugar cane fields who started making mojitos.
It could have been the same drink that was name “El Draque” after Sir Francis Drake and his men drank something similar for medicinal purposes near Havana. It could also have been some other story….
No matter what the real story was the fact is that it comes from Havana. It became hugely popular in 1930s and has never lost its popularity since.
Why is it so popular you ask? It could be also thanks to the fact that this cocktail recipe can be easily adjusted to your liking. You don’t like rum? No? Not even Bacardi rum? Ok so use vodka. You don’t like vodka you say? So try it with gin!
Choose lemon instead of lime and experiment with flavors a bit further by adding fruits of your choice. The options are endless! We have tried a few versions ourselves and this quick Cuban orange mojito recipe is so far the one we like most!
Now when I drink this Cuban orange mojito I imagine myself in Cuba. I imagine sipping this drink on the beach with crystal clear waters (and believe me the water’s color is amazing) while reading a book. Any book as long as it is some easy holiday reading.
I imagine myself in Havana, slowly walking the streets and thinking what the life was many many years back when Havana looked at its best. I wonder what Ernest Hemingway’s day looked like there and if he would like the way the city looks today.
I also dream about the time when we visited Cuba. It was only 3 years ago but it feels like 20. We had soo little time for exploring and relaxing but we tried to see as much as possible. I was mesmerized by Havana and loved every minute of our 2 day long trip there.
Varadero – the most famous beach did not disappoint! The water color was unreal – it’s hard to describe it in words so I decided to add some pictures so you can see for yourself.
OK. Are you ready to talk about the orange mojito again? I hope so! Here is a super simple explanation of the method:
- Sugar, lime & mint leaves = muddle in a glass.
- In go ice cubes, rum, orange juice + sparkling water.
- Garnish a.k.a. mint leaves, orange and lime slices.
- Ta-dah! Ready to be served!
Want to see how to make a Orange Mojito? Watch the video!
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Quick Cuban Orange Mojito
- 6 Mint Leaves + for garnish
- 2 shots White Rum
- 1 shot Lime Juice
- 1-2 shots Orange Juice (Freshly Squeezed)
- Soda Water / Sparkling Water
- 2 tsp Sugar
- Ice (Half a Glass)
- Muddle sugar, mint and lime juice together in a glass.
- Fill the glass with ice cubes so it’s half full. Pour in 2 shots of white rum & 1-2 shots of freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Top it with sparkling water/soda water. Stir a bit.
- Garnish with mint leaves lime and orange slices.
Julia S. says
Oh. My. God. – This looks like pure delicousness *:* I don’t drink alcohol at all but with a bit of experimenting I’m sure I’ll find a decent substitute :) Can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing :)
Julia | Happy Foods Tube says
:) Thank you! You could try omit the alcohol and see if that works for you!
Hi Julie, this drink looks good and I shall make it for our Christmas party this year. Only need to know One shot is equivalent to how many teaspoon? And for 20pax how many oranges do I need?
Julia | Happy Foods Tube says
Hi Joyce. One shot is about 3.5-4 tablespoons (which would be 10-12 teaspoons). Not sure about the amount of oranges needed for 20 people but if you only use them for garnish I would count with at least 4 (this will also depend on how many slices you would add into each glass). As for the juice for the cocktail, you can save your time and use shop-bought natural (unsweetened) orange juice. Hope this helps.