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Classic Spicy Mojito with Jalapeño

on May 22, 2022
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This Spicy Mojito uses a combination of jalapeño, mint, and lime to bring you a flavorful and refreshing rum drink that is worth cheers-ing to!
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Craving a cocktail with a little kick? This refreshing Spicy Mojito is just like the classic mojito, but with the addition of fresh jalapeño for some spice.

The winning combination of muddled jalapeño and fresh mint in lime juice is only amplified by the crisp white rum. And nothing says refreshing like a bubbly finish!

spicy mojito in a highball glass with tajin rim and green garnish

This crowd-pleasing mixology drink is undoubtedly one of my go-to rum cocktails, because of it’s deep complex flavors and refreshing finish!

Green tip: Consider buying your alcohol in glass bottles to avoid extra plastic packaging, and always recycle your rum bottles!

Spicy Mojito Ingredients


Here’s everything you need:

  • Jalapeño. For spice of course! Two little spheres are enough for me, but add more if you want to really bring the heat!
  • Mint. Fresh spearmint is the best.
  • Lime. Using fresh lime rather than pre-squeezed lime juice is preferred.
  • White rum. Dark rum will work too, but white rum has a more subtle taste, allowing the other flavors to shine.
  • Simple syrup or sugar. I love using simple syrup because it integrates into your drink much more seamlessly, but granulated sugar will work in a pinch.
  • Club soda. For the bubbles, of course!
  • Optional Tajin. For a slightly spicy, savory rim.
jalapeno, simple syrup, lime, white yum, mint, club soda

The Best Alcohol for Mojitos

A classic mojito uses White rum as it’s spirit, which mixes beautifully with the fresh lime juice and mint. This spicy mojito is no different!

If you’re not a rum fan, check out this list of tequila margaritas instead!

Spicy Mojito Tips and Tricks


Consider a Tajin Rim

This just adds some extra flavor, spice, and visual appeal to your cocktail, but it’s completely optional.

Adding a Tajin rim to your cocktail glass is super easy! Just wet the rim of your glass with some water on your finger or by using a lime wedge.

Run your wet finger or the lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip the wet rim into Tajin. It’s best to put the Tajin in a shallow bowl or a cocktail rimmer.

Rotate the glass around in the Tajin until it’s fully coated and voila! A perfectly garnished rim.

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Remove the Seeds

Believe it or not, the spiciest part of the jalapeño is it’s seeds. I find that getting a mouthful of them in a sip is way too much (were talking smoke coming out of my ears 😂).

Plus, it completely changes the texture of your sip from fizzy but smooth to grainy and harsh.

To remove the seeds, I usually just slice my jalapeño into little spheres and use my thumb to push them through and out the other side. If there are any extra pesky little seeds lingering, you can rinse them off in the sink.

sliced jalapeno spheres with seeds taken out on a cutting board

Use Fresh Lime

Using fresh lime goes a long way in this recipe! Just one lime should give you all the juice you need.

I love using my citrus squeezer to get the most out of the lime, but you can hand-squeeze as well.

using a handheld citrus juicer to add lime juice to spicy mojito

Muddle it Up

This is especially important in this spicy mojito! I use just two little seedless spheres and find that to be enough spice. If your spice tolerance is high and you want more of a kick, you can add up to four slices of jalapeño.

Add the sliced and seedless jalapeño to a highball glass with the mint and lime juice.

Use a wooden spoon or muddler to press down on the mint and jalapeño, crushing the pepper and expressing the juice from the fresh mint.

using a wooden muddler to crush jalapenos and mint to extract flavor

Sweeten it

If you’re using granulated sugar, simply muddle it with your lime juice, jalapeño, and mint. If you’re using simple syrup (preferred), add it after muddling.

You can easily make your own simple syrup at home! Just use a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water, add it to a small pot, and heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Green tip: Making your own sauces and syrups is a great way to avoid extra plastic packaging that eventually ends up in landfills or makes its way into the environment and becomes microplastics.

Make sure to allow the homemade simple syrup to cool before adding it to your Spicy Mojito. You can store it in a jar with a lid or airtight container for about a month before getting cloudy.

sweetening a spicy mojito with simple syrup

Choosing Your Rum

It’s as simple as this: use your favorite! White rum is my preference as its flavor is subtle, allowing the lime, mint, and spicy jalapeño to shine.

But if you only have dark rum at home, that will absolutely work too. If you’re unsure which white rum to use, I recommend Bacardi Silver.

It’s classic and Bacardi cocktails are always delicious, and Bacardi’s global initiative Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future is working to divert waste from the landfill, reduce carbon emissions, and sustainably source sugar cane.

adding white rum to a spicy mojito

Top it with Bubbles

The best finish to a Spicy Mojito is bubbles! I prefer using club soda, but tonic water or sparkling water will work in a pinch.

Once you’ve muddled your jalapeño and mint in the lime juice, and added your sweetener and rum, add ice to your glass. Then, your next to last step (before adding the garnish) is to top your cocktail with bubbles.

adding club soda to mojito with jalapeno to give it bubbles

Don’t Skip the Garnish

The garnish not only adds visual appeal to your cocktail, but adds a fresh and fragrant aroma to every sip.

Finishing your cocktail by garnishing with lime, mint, and jalapeño spheres is the easiest way to elevate your mojito!

3 spicy mojitos in three different glasses on marble coasters

What is a Spicy Mojito?

A Spicy Mojito is a classic mojito with the addition of muddled jalapeño to add some spice. The combination of lime juice, mint, sweetener, rum, and bubbles, plus the jalapeño makes for a super refreshing cocktail!

How do you make a spicy mojito?

Making a spicy mojito is very similar to making a classic mojito, with the addition of jalapeño for spice.

To make a spicy mojito, muddle your mint and jalapeño in lime juice before adding your sweetener, rum, and ice. Then top with club soda and garnish with more mint, a lime wedge, and a couple of jalapeño spheres.

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Why You Should Make this Spicy Mojito


  • The spice. There’s just nothing like a cocktail with a kick!
  • It’s balanced. The fresh lime juice and mint cool your palette while the jalapeño warms it up.
  • It’s refreshing! There’s nothing more refreshing than mint, citrus, and bubbles in an ice-cold drink.

If you’re loving this Spicy Mojito and want other fun mojito recipes, check out this Kiwi Mojito and Ginger Beer Mojito, too!

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Classic Spicy Mojito with Jalapeño

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Marley Goldin
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This Spicy Mojito uses a combination of jalapeño, mint, and lime to bring you a flavorful and refreshing rum drink that is worth cheers-ing to!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon Tajin (optional for rim)
  • 2 slices jalapeño (+ extra for garnish)
  • 1 sprig fresh spearmint (+ extra for garnish)
  • 1 ounce lime juice (1 oz usually = juice of 1 lime)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (or 1 tablespoon granulated sugar)
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces club soda
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Instructions
 

  • Optional Tajin rim: wet the rim of a highball glass by running a wet finger or lime wedge around the rim. Then, add Tajin to a shallow bowl or cocktail rimmer and dip the wet rim in, rotating until rim is coated.
  • To a highball glass, add mint, jalapeño, and lime juice. Use a wooden spoon or muddler to crush the jalapeños and express the oils from the mint.
    *If you are using granulated sugar instead of simple syrup, add the sugar now and muddle it with the jalapeño, mint, and lime juice.
  • Add the simple syrup and rum and stir to combine.
  • Fill your glass with ice and pour club soda on top.
  • Garnish with jalapeño spheres, lime wedge, and extra mint. Enjoy cold.

Pro Tips

  • White rum works best in this Spicy Mojito, but dark rum can certainly be used in a pinch.
  • Tonic water or sparkling water can be used in place of club soda.
  • If you like extra spice, you can add up to 4 spheres of jalapeño.
  • Mojitos might just be my favorite cocktail! Original is always classic, but I love them with a twist, too—check out the collection of my best mojito recipes!

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Course Cocktails
Cuisine Cuban
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Easy, Quick, Spicy Mojito, Vegan Cocktail
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