A cool, refreshing tequila lime mojitarita is the love child of a mojito and a margarita!
The best time to make a tequila lime mojitarita is:
- When you’re craving a cold, refreshing adult drink.
- When you can’t decide between indulging in a rum-based mojito, with its tangy taste of lime and intense aroma of fresh mint, or drinking a classic margarita — also nice and limey, only made with tequila.
Enter the mojitarita, which if you haven’t already guessed is a blend of two of the best summery cocktails:
What do those two thirst-quenching drinks have in common?
Well for one, both cocktails contain lots of fresh lime juice, which seems to add a magical refreshing quality to drinks like no other citrus can.
A perfectly made margarita or mojito should make your mouth water in anticipation of the shock of the tart lime, but also be just sweet enough to balance out the acidity.
This drink recipe is sweetened with plain granulated sugar and is barely sweet, which is my preference. However, it’s your drink, so taste and add more or less according to how you like it.
To get the most of the mint flavor in a mojito, fresh mint is muddled, or smashed to juicy bits, before mixing the drink. But instead of muddling, this concoction is shaken instead.
The friction from mixing in a cocktail shaker bruises the mint leaves just enough to add flavor, while the ice in the shaker makes the drink s-u-p-e-r cold while diluting it just a bit for extra drinkability.
Make a tequila lime mojitarita:
- Get a simple cocktail shaker (or beg or borrow one) — you don’t need a ridiculously fancy one.
- If you’ve ever watched a skilled bartender in action you know there’s an art to shaking a cocktail. But still, anyone can do it and make a delicious drink. Be sure to shake vigorously to dissolve the sugar and bruise the mint for the best flavor.
- Squeeze your own fresh lime juice — please don’t even think of using bottled stuff. It’s easy to juice citrus with a handheld citrus juicer or reamer. Unfortunately, limes are notoriously inconsistent in their juiciness, but in general, count on at least one tablespoon juice per lime.
- Crushed ice is ideal for filling the shaker (some refrigerators with a dispenser give you the option).
tequila lime mojitarita cocktails with fresh mint
Yield 4 drinks
Unless you have a jumbo-sized cocktail shaker that exceeds 24-ounce capacity, make the drinks in two batches. Rinse out the shaker in between drinks.
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 8 ounces silver tequila
- Cold soda water or sparkling water
- 1 lime, sliced into thin wheels
Mix 2 drinks at a time:
- Tear the mint leaves into pieces and put 1/2 cup into a cocktail shaker with 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 4 ounces tequila. Add crushed ice and shake well.
- Strain over ice into high ball glasses and top off with soda water. Garnish with mint leaves and lime slices.
- Empty the shaker and repeat the steps to make the remaining 2 drinks.
Other delicious shaken drinks to try: