Ginger Beer Mojito

All you need are 4 ingredients and 1 minute to make this delicious ginger beer mojito. Also, if you don't drink alcohol, this recipe makes a really tasty mocktail without the rum!

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Before I moved into my loft, I owned a cute little bungalow for four years.  It was located in a cute little neighborhood, had a cute little front porch, a cute back deck, a cute (and tiny) little kitchen, and a not-so-cute garden.

By about this time each summer in mid-June, it had usually turned into a jungle.  I was NOT a good gardener.

You see, I was really good about dreaming of the idea of a garden (and being one of those cool gardening types).  And I was really good about shopping for plants for my garden.  And I was even pretty good at devoting a long Saturday each Spring to prepping and planting my garden.  But what’s that they say about the best laid plans….?

Suffice it to say that a bad memory for watering combined with a squealing fear of bugs combined with weeds that somehow produced a raging case of poison ivy each year like clockwork didn’t fare well for my dreams of garden-to-table entertaining.  Actually, I was amazed at how much produce I still harvested despite my worst efforts.  But after my fourth year of wishful gardening, I decided that I would be much happier as a cheerleader and supporter of other gardeners.

So I moved downtown to a loft literally across the street from the largest farmers market in Kansas City.  And started supporting what I think is basically the coolest local CSA ever.  And I ooooh and ahhhh over my friends’ beautiful gardens and gladly take home any surplus produce they have to offer.  And it’s basically awesome.

So a few weeks ago on a weekend when I picked up fresh mint from the market, and then it also arrived in my CSA, and then a friend also coincidentally brought by a little mint bouquet, I thought it only appropriate to make some fresh mint mojitos with my favorite ginger beer to celebrate this abundance that I most happily did not have to grow myself this year.  :)

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But back up, you say.  Ginger beer?  In mojitos?

Heck to the yes, I say.

I have been adding ginger beer to mocktails and cocktails ever since I became super hooked on it a few years ago.  And it is seriously the best mixer!!  It’s already sweetened, it has the nice spicy kick of the ginger (10x better than gingerale), and it is nice and fizzy and perfect for cool summer drinks like mojitos.

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After much ginger beer taste testing over the years, I still hold that this guy right here is my favorite — Bundaberg.

When we’re lucky, it occasionally shows up at Costco here in Kansas City.  But otherwise, seems to be available year-round at World Market and a few other stores.  Or you can even fork over extra for shipping and order it online.  But if you’re new to the ginger beer scene or looking for a good one, you must give this one a try.

Sure, you can use any ginger beer for this recipe.  But I guarantee your mojitos will be all the tastier if you find this one.  (And how cute is that bottle?!?)

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Other than the ginger beer, all you need are 3 other simple ingredients:

  • fresh lime juice
  • fresh mint leaves (I prefer peppermint, but spearmint or most other fresh mints will also work)
  • rum (I prefer light for looks, but you can use any, or nix the rum all together)

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Just muddle the mint in with the lime juice.  Then add in some ice cubes, rum and ginger beer.  Then top it off with some extra mint and lime slices for garnish if you’d like.Ginger Beer Mojito -- All you need are 4 ingredients and 1 minute to make this fresh and tasty drink! | gimmesomeoven.com #cocktail #mocktail #recipe

This drink literally takes about a minute to make, which is good, because you likely will want to make more than one.

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It’s also the perfect party drink, and easy to customize for those who want it more minty (just muddle more mint), sweet (more ginger beer), tart (more lime), or boozy (more rum).  OR, for those who don’t drink alcohol, this recipe actually makes a really yummy mocktail without the rum.

Bottom line, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.  And if you happen to be one of those gardeners who has a mega surplus of summer mint, or a non-gardening friend or shopper who wants to support those who do, this is a delicious way to put a lot of fresh mint to use.

Hope you enjoy!

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Ginger Beer Mojito

Ginger beer meets mint and lime and rum in this simple Ginger Beer Mojito.

Ingredients:

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • ice
  • 1.5 ounces light rum (optional if you want to turn this into a mocktail)
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • garnishes: fresh lime wedges or slices, fresh mint sprigs

Directions:

Muddle the mint together with the lime juice in a glass. Add a few large ice cubes, then pour in the rum and ginger beer. Finish the drink with additional garnishes, if desired.

(*I strained out the mint leaves that I used to muddle with the lime juice after the first step. Then added in a few extra fresh mint leaves along with the lime wedges as a garnish. Just a personal preference, but you can totally leave the original mint leaves in the drink if you'd like.)

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — June 21, 2014 @ 6:41 am (#)

    Ginger beer reminds me of morning sickness because that’s what I drank when I was pregnant. Ha! I need to get past that, though, because these mojitos sounds so perfect for summer! And I have tons o’ mint in my container garden to boot.

  2. Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories — June 21, 2014 @ 11:10 am (#)

    I plan on making ginger beer, for the first time, this summer. I see many of these cocktails in my future. :) I love mojitos and I’m sure ginger beer just takes them over the top!

  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked — June 21, 2014 @ 12:36 pm (#)

    Lol, you could have been describing me when you were talking about your gardening (mis)adventures! I’ve always wanted to grow my own herbs cause I hate spending so much money on them when I don’t use the entire bunch but I’m TERRIFIED of bugs and have the black thumb of death. Yay for the CSA across from you! I ADORE ginger beer mojitos and can’t wait to spend my entire summer making this recipe. Your photos are simply stunning, Ali. I feel refreshed just by looking at them!

  4. Lindsay — June 21, 2014 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    Heck yes. This looks SO refreshing.

  5. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 21, 2014 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    Ginger is so refreshing! This mojito looks fantastic!

  6. Rachel Cooks — June 21, 2014 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    4 ingredients? Oh heck yes!

  7. Millie l Add A Little — June 22, 2014 @ 1:51 am (#)

    Looks so gorgeous Ali! I love the look of the fresh limes – yum!
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  8. Medeja — June 22, 2014 @ 6:55 am (#)

    I have a feeling..I will try this mojito recipe pretty soon :D thanks ;)

  9. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 22, 2014 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    This is my favorite drink of all time. I normally make it with gin and club soda and ginger simple syrup but you just made it easier. I heart you.

  10. shelly (cookies and cups) — June 23, 2014 @ 11:10 am (#)

    These look so perfect and refreshing!!

  11. Katie | The Surly Housewife — June 24, 2014 @ 11:25 pm (#)

    I am a ginger beer fanatic! I can’t wait to try this :) Pinned!

  12. Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book — June 26, 2014 @ 10:22 pm (#)

    I love mojitos! But I’ve never had ginger beer before. I’ve seen it and thought about trying it… but I have nooo idea what to expect. What does it taste like?

  13. Thea @ Baking Magique — September 7, 2014 @ 4:06 am (#)

    I love virgin mojito!

  14. Travis — October 22, 2014 @ 3:19 am (#)

    Nice work! Bundaberg Ginger Beer is an Australian classic! One of only a few purely brewed ginger beers, (most others are just syrup and soda) For those interested, another great aussie ginger beer to try (if you can get it) is Cascade Ginger Beer from Tasmania.

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