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Coconut Rum Mojito

This Coconut Rum Mojito is the perfect blend of coconut rum, mint, and freshly squeezed lime juice and only takes minutes to prepare.

Our coconut mojito recipe is one of my absolute favorites! John learned to make mojitos in bartending school, and he perfected this one using coconut rum in place of traditional white or silver rum. Some of our other favorite mojito recipes are our classic mojito, cranberry mojitos, a strawberry mojito, and blackberry mojitos.

Close up of a coconut mojito with fresh mint.

Coconut Rum Mojito Recipe:

Coconut mojitos are a spin on the classic mojito recipe. We use coconut rum in place of white rum to add the signature coconut flavor. The coconut rum gives the drink a different flavor with more tropical notes, and it’s absolutely amazing!

We love to serve these mojitos with our favorite mahi mahi tacos and cilantro lime rice or grilled shrimp tacos. It’s great with any light appetizer or lunch, or fantastic all by itself. If you love coconut or mojitos, you’ll want to give this cocktail a try!

If you’d prefer a non-mojito based cocktail, try our Rum Mixed Drinks, a Bourbon Smash, an Espresso Martini, or a Strawberry Paloma.

How to Make a Coconut Mojito:

  1. Place the mint leaves and granulated sugar into a drink shaker.
  2. Use a muddler to bruise the mint and bring out the oils.
  3. Add some ice, coconut rum, simple syrup, club soda, and lime juice.
  4. Shake gently to combine.
  5. Serve coconut rum mojitos in individual glasses over ice.
Collage showing how to make a coconut mojito.

Coconut Mojito Tips and Variations:

  • To make this a “coconut mojito,” we used coconut rum. If you want something a little stronger, try using a white or silver rum in place of the coconut rum. You’ll lose the coconut flavor unless you add some coconut water or other coconut flavored liquid.
  • Club soda is my pick for mojitos, because it adds a little carbonation to the cocktail without adding extra ingredients. Tonic water, lemon-lime soda, or seltzer water can also be used. Just keep in mind that using something like lemon-lime soda will change the flavor of the mojito. To add more coconut flavor, try adding coconut water in place of the club soda.
  • My personal pick is to use a little sugar to help break down the mint leaves, then use simple syrup to sweeten the mojito. If you’d prefer to use a different type of sweetener, swap out the granulated sugar used to make the simple syrup and make it with honey, agave nectar, or your favorite sugar alternative instead. Try adding a flavored simple syrup, like blackberry simple syrup to give these coconut rum mojito a different flavor variation.
  • Fresh lime juice is the way to go, but bottled lime juice will work in a pinch.
  • The mint and sugar can be muddled directly in individual glasses, and the remaining ingredients mixed in a drink shaker. Then, pour the drink over the mint leaves and ice that are already in glasses. I’ve prepared it both ways, and both ways are great!
Two glasses of coconut mojito.

Storage Recommendations:

Room Temperature: Coconut rum mojitos are best enjoyed immediately. Don’t leave them at room temperature too long; otherwise, the ice will water down the mojitos.

Refrigerator: If you need to pop the mojitos back in the fridge for a few minutes or make a large batch ahead of time, they will hold for 30 minutes to an hour. Just be aware that the mint leaves will begin to wilt. I’d hold off on adding any ice until you get ready to serve the drinks.

Freezer: I don’t recommend freezing the mojito unless you wanted to turn it into something like our Tropical Booze Cubes. Then it would be like having mojito ice cubes.

Yield: 16 Ounces

Coconut Rum Mojito

Close up of a mojito with fresh mint and lime.

This Coconut Rum Mojito is the perfect blend of coconut rum, mint, and freshly squeezed lime juice and only takes minutes to prepare.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 Large Mint Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Ounces Simple Syrup
  • 4 Ounces Coconut Rum
  • 4 Ounces Club Soda
  • 2 Ounces Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup Ice or more as needed

Instructions

  1. Place mint leaves and sugar into a drink shaker, and use a muddler to bruise the mint leaves.
  2. Pour in the simple syrup, rum, club soda, lime juice, and ice. Shake gently to combine.
  3. Serve in individual glasses over ice with lime wedges and mint leaves as garnish.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 (8-ounce) drink. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

8 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 6gSugar: 54gProtein: 3g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Sam Monaco

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

This is one I'm certainly going to try. I love coconut and who doesn't like rum!! Looks and sounds very refreshing. I wonder how many I could drink? Ha!!! As always Kimberly and John your pictures are outstanding!! thanks for the recipe :)

John

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

Thank you, Sam! We hope you love it. I can't take any of the credit for the pictures. Kim makes my dishes and drinks shine. I'm merely the cook and she's my inspiration lol. This recipe came about after we lived in Miami. That city has some of the best mojitos we've ever tasted. After moving to another city in S. Florida we couldn't find any good mojitos. So, I hit the liquor cabinet and got started. It took a few tries but I finally managed to find the right measurements to make a well-balanced, slightly sweetened mojito similar to ones we used to get at South Beach. Kim and I hope you enjoy this one, it was years in the making lol! Take care, Sam.

Lyndsay @ Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen

Friday 9th of June 2017

Mojitos are my favorite drink!

John

Saturday 10th of June 2017

Thank you for commenting, Lyndsay!

Silvia

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Wow, does that sound delicious! I have to say, that is a pretty hefty amount of sugar, but of course, we can adapt it. Just makes me wonder how much sugar is in bar cocktails.

John

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Thank you, Silvia! I admit it. There's quite a bit of sugar in each serving. However, artificial sweeteners, agave nectar, and other sweeteners can be used. I am not sure on the sugar content in bar drinks, but I would imagine it's similar if you like your drinks sweet (chocolate martini, old fashioned, etc.). I am glad you liked the recipe and hope you try it some time. Have a lovely day, Silvia!

Michelle

Monday 5th of June 2017

I've had coconut mojitos in Mexico and they are so good . I'm definitely making this

John

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Thank you, Michelle! I am happy you want to try our recipe, I hope you love the drink :)

Elaine @ Dishes Delish

Monday 5th of June 2017

Mmmm. I love mojitos. I've never made it with coconut rum but I will soon do that. Like real soon! These look delicious!

Kimberly

Monday 5th of June 2017

Thanks, Elaine! You've been missing out if you haven't had a mojito made with coconut rum. Give one a try, and you'll love it! :)

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