The Hawthorne's Mojito Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Do you ever get annoyed with the bits of mint and lime pulp that get stuck in your teeth when drinking a mojito? This version solves the problem by straining the lime and rum-based drink through a tea strainer while adding a bit of complexity with a dash of bitters.

Recipe Details

The Hawthorne's Mojito Recipe

Active 2 mins
Total 2 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 2 ounces Banks 5 Island Rum
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • 5 to 7 mint leaves plus 1 large sprig for garnish
  • Soda water
  • Crushed ice


  1. Combine rum, simple syrup, lime juice, bitters, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

  2. Add 1 ounce soda water. Strain through a fine mesh tea strainer into a highball filled with crushed ice. Top up with more soda water and garnish with mint sprig. Serve.

Special equipment

cocktail shaker, tea strainer, highball glass