It’s almost summertime! And the summer season calls for a refreshing beverage. This Kiwi Mojito Cocktail recipe has all of the things you love about a classic mojito; fresh mint and lime, crisp soda water, and rum, with a sweet and innovative twist of fresh Kiwi fruit and honey to sweeten things up.
Summer drinks on the patio – it’s what long lazy summer days are made for. Grab some friends, turn on your favorite tunes, and relax with a refreshing Kiwi Mojito! I am sharing this recipe on May 5th, and this cocktail is perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration don’t you think?
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS DRINK RECIPE
I love mojitos. If you have never had this sparkling cocktail…now is the time! This classic drink is taken to another level by adding fresh fruit and honey or agave nectar instead of simple syrup. It is the perfect summer cocktail and will go well with everything from chips and salsa to grilled fish or chicken.
HISTORY OF THE MOJITO
The origins of the mojito are unclear, but some theories attribute Sir Francis Drake with inventing the concoction after attempting to rob Cuba of its gold. It is commonly referred to as a Cuban drink, but may have actually been created aboard Drake’s ship and originally named the “Draque”. This curious cocktail was also known to be consumed in Cuba in 1883 during the worst Cholera outbreak in history, as the drink was made with a liquor called aguardiente which supposedly had medicinal properties. When the Bacardi Company switched out the aguardiente for rum, it was renamed “Mojito”.
A classic Mojito recipe contains fresh mint and lime, simple syrup, soda water, and rum.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR KIWI MINT MOJITOS
For the full recipe and instructions, please scroll to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kiwifruit – You need fresh, ripe kiwi for this kiwi cocktail.
Lime – Freshly squeezed lime juice is best!
Honey or agave nectar – You can find agave syrup in the baking aisle of your grocery store usually next to sugar syrup and other sweeteners.
White Rum – Choose your favorite brand of rum.
Mint – You will need fresh mint for this cocktail.
Soda water – Club soda or plain seltzer water will also do.
HOW TO MAKE A KIWIFRUIT MOJITO COCKTAIL
FIRST: Leave the kiwi left unpeeled or peel it and dice it into small pieces. Divide the pieces between two tall glasses.
SECOND: Add the juice of half a lime to each glass along with 10-12 fresh mint leaves and 1 teaspoon of honey or agave nectar.
THIRD: Time to muddle! Use the back of a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to muddle the kiwis, mint, lime and honey.
FOURTH: Fill each tall glass with ice cubes,
add 2 ounces of rum and top off with soda water. Garnish with kiwi slices, lime wedges or slices, and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
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- What is the best sugar when making mojitos? A traditional mojito is made using granulated sugar and most of it dissolves when muddled with lime and mint. The next most common type of sugar used is simple syrup. You can buy premade simple syrup or make your own. To make a simple syrup, combine equal volumes of water and sugar and stir over low heat until dissolved. Try my Honey Simple Syrup, it’s really good, too!
- Should you peel a Kiwifruit? You can actually eat the skin of a kiwi although to many, the dull, brown, and fuzzy outside is not very appealing. However, for this recipe, peel the kiwifruit before muddling. To easily peel a kiwifruit, use a vegetable peeler or sharp knife to cut the skin off in thin strips. You can also cut both ends off the kiwifruit and then scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- What is a Jamaican mojito? A Jamaican mojito is a variation of the classic cocktail. The ingredients are layered to look like a “rasta flag” using mint, pineapple, and strawberries along with rum, lime, and soda water.
Add blueberries for a Kiwi Blueberry Mojito!
Triple the mint leaves and make a Kiwi Mint Mojito
Use lime sparkling water like La Croix or Pellegrino instead of plain soda water.
Virgin Kiwi Mojito/Kiwi Mojito Mocktail: For a kiwi mojito without alcohol simply leave out the rum and add a bit more soda water.
If you are not a fan of rum, you can also make mojitos with vodka. It would be fun to experiment with different flavors of vodka in Kiwi cocktails.
TIPS AND TRICKS
What is muddling you ask? Muddling is the method of smashing ingredients such as herbs, fruits, and spices together to release their essence and flavors. You can use the back of a wooden spoon or use a tool called (surprise!) a muddler. Here’s one that I like found on Amazon.
If you are making cocktails for a crowd, you can make a pitcher of these mojitos! Simply double or triple this recipe and you will have enough for 4-6 drinks. Muddle the kiwi, mint, lime, and honey, and add the rum. You can store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Pour over ice and add the soda water and garnish.
Recipes that Use Kiwi Fruit
I think that kiwi fruit isn’t used nearly enough in recipes! Kiwifruit is super healthy, supports heart health, and is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C. It’s low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, making it great for digestive health and boosting your immune system.
Here are some more recipes that use Kiwi Fruit:
- Tropical Chicken Nachos with Tropical Salsa (pictured above)
- Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing
- Strawberry Kiwi Pistachio Salad
- Fruit Salsa
- Lemon Raspberry Mousse
- Fresh Fruit Tart with Kiwi and Blueberries
- Fruit Salad
Or just slice some fresh kiwi and serve it with this light and low-calorie fruit dip!
If you are a fan of kiwifruit and mojitos, you need this cocktail today! I guarantee it will become a summer favorite. Pair with some salty snacks or Latin cuisine. Make a kiwi mojito mocktail for the kids and the whole fam will be happy!
- 2 kiwifruit
- 1 lime
- 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
- 4 ounces white Rum
- Handful of fresh mint leaves
- Soda water
- Peel the kiwifruit and chop it into small chunks, divide the pieces between two glasses.
- Add the juice of half a lime to each glass along with 10-12 fresh mint leaves and honey.
- Use the back of a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to muddle the mixture.
- Fill each glass with ice then add the rum and top off with soda water.
- Garnish with slices of kiwifruit, limes, and fresh mint.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.