This raspberry mojito recipe is one of my favorite summertime drinks. Though a mojito is usually made with rum, we decided to freshen this up with vodka instead.
Kicking back on a hot day with this drink in hand is a mini vacation. The aroma of the mint is instantly cooling, and the raspberry twist just screams summer relaxation. Plus, this is an easy cocktail to make with very simple steps.
Why This Recipe Works
With only a few simple ingredients, this recipe is quick and easy to whip up. You can make it with fresh raspberries or frozen. Fresh mint leaves are a must, however.
The way the raspberry and mint flavors blend together is why this drink will be one of your favorite summer drinks or a go-to cocktail for happy hour.
It can be made as a pitcher cocktail or shaken up one glass at a time. I always serve food when I'm serving cocktails, and pairing this with my Maryland Crab dip or one of these cream cheese appetizers would be perfection.
What Goes Into This Recipe
The key ingredients for the flavors of this drink are raspberries, mint, and vodka.
Raspberries - Fresh raspberry provides a better texture in the drink than frozen. Frozen berries are still sweet raspberries, but they tend to be more mushy and dissolve into the drink. That does makes them easier to muddle.
Mint - Fresh mint leaves are a must in any mojito recipe. In addition to being muddled in the drink, adding a mint sprig as a garnish is a fun way to finish off this drink.
Vodka - This is where you can add your own twist to this recipe. A plain vodka will give you a taste closer to the classic mojito, but flavored vodkas can add a unique twist. Have fun and experiment to see what amazing creations you can make!
See recipe card for quantities and full directions.
How to Make this Raspberry Mojito
Add simple syrup and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker.
Muddle the mint to release the flavor.
Add 10 or so raspberries and muddle again.
Add fresh lime juice, a few ice cubes, and vodka. Shake well.
Strain cocktail into a glass, pouring over new ice.
Top with about an ounce of sparkling water or soda water.
Add a fresh lime wheel, sprig of mint, and remaining berries to garnish. Serve immediately.
Taste and adjust. If your berries are ripe and sweet, this will be perfect. If not, you may need a little more simple syrup.
Chill your serving glass before pouring the drink to keep it delightfully cold.
When muddling the mint, gently press instead of crushing it too hard. Crushing the leaves too hard can release chlorophyll and cause a bitter taste.
Like a more robust raspberry flavor? Use raspberry vodka like we did, or add a flavored raspberry syrup.
This drink can be made as a virgin mojito with some extra soda water, club soda, or lemon-lime soda instead of the alcohol.
Fresh raspberry is a wonderful fruit to use, but you can certainly make a strawberry mojito, or use other fresh berries in any combination.
If you prefer to make the classic Cuban cocktail, you can make it with white rum or dark rum. But if you want a bit of a twist, try other variations, like coconut rum. That one might be calling my name right now. Did you hear it, too? It is 5 o'clock somewhere...
Frequently Asked Questions
A mojito is traditionally made with rum, but you can switch it up with any white liquor. Try different flavors of rum or vodka.
The mojito was created in Cuba.
Actually, no, but you will want to use a sweetener. Originally, the mojito was made by muddling the mint with granulated sugar. We're trying that next time, and suggest you give it a shot and let us know what you think! You could also use Stevia, but that's the only replacement for sugar we'd recommend.
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 Strainer
- 1 tablespoon mint plus more for garnish
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 13 raspberries
- ¾ ounces Lime juice
- 1½ ounces Vodka
- 1 ounce Sparkling water or club soda
- 1 lime wheel for garnish
- Add simple syrup and mint leaves to cocktail shaker.
- Muddle the mint to release the flavor.
- Add 10 or so raspberries and muddle again.
- Add lime juice, a few ice cubes, and vodka. Shake well.
- Strain cocktail into a glass, pouring over new ice.
- Top with about an ounce of sparkling water or soda water.
- Add lime wheel, spig of mint, and remaining berries. Serve immediately.