A Champagne Mojito is the perfect way to ring in the New Year with a bubbly and celebratory variation of the classic Mojito cocktail. But, don’t just save it for New Year’s Eve! It’s a refreshing alcoholic beverage that can be served on festive occasions or at a summer barbecue! I have a White Christmas Mojito that you will want to serve at all of your holiday parties, too!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Mint: Look for the brightest and freshest mint leaves to use. There should be no yellow, wilting, or brown spots. I prefer spearmint (the most common variety sold in stores) for its mild, sweet flavor. If using peppermint, the cocktail will have a more intense flavor, like a cooling, refreshing sensation.
Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is best for flavor, but you could substitute bottled juice if that is what you have available. In addition, have some limes available for slicing for garnish.
Simple Syrup: If you don’t have any on hand, make homemade simple syrup, which is as simple as the name implies!
Rum: Rum is the alcoholic base of a mojito. Look for light rum, also known as white or silver rum.
Ice: You will need ice for the cocktail shaker and the glasses for serving the mojito.
Champagne: Champagne makes this more of a celebratory cocktail. Brut is a common and versatile kind of champagne, but choose your favorite brand to use. You could also substitute prosecco or sparkling wine.
Can I Make A Champagne Mojito Without Alcohol?
Yes, you can make this a Champagne Mojito Mocktail! To make a mocktail, first, muddle the mint leaves in a glass. Add the lime juice and simple syrup. Then, fill the glass with ice and top it with sparkling water, club soda, or nonalcoholic sparkling wine. Optionally, you can add a splash of non-alcoholic sparkling cider for a touch of celebratory effervescence.
Can I Make This Without A Cocktail Shaker?
Absolutely! Some people prefer a stirred, not shaken mojito. To make a mojito without a cocktail shaker, follow these steps:
- Muddle the mint in the bottom of a glass. (The back of a spoon works just fine if you don’t have a muddling tool.)
- Add lime juice and simple syrup.
- Add rum.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Top with champagne. Stir gently.
- Garnish with additional mint leaves and lime slices.
Can I Make A Large Batch Of Champagne Mojitos?
Yes, you can make a big batch of Champagne Mojitos to serve a large crowd. This saves time so you can socialize, and not just be mixing mojitos all night! To do so, simply multiply the quantities of each ingredient by the desired number of servings you want to make. Mix the mint leaves, simple syrup, lime juice, and light rum in a large pitcher or bowl. Cover it, and store it in the refrigerator for up to a day or two. When ready to serve, set out the glasses for serving. Let your guests add ice and top with champagne. Don’t forget a few extra mint leaves and slices of lime for garnish!
- ¼ cup mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces white rum
- crushed ice
- champagne, for serving
- lime slices, for garnish
- To a cocktail shaker, add mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup. Use a muddler to release the mint flavor.
- Add rum and ice. Cover and shake until well chilled.
- Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Evenly strain the cocktail over the ice. Top each glass with champagne. Gently stir to combine.
- Garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately. Cheers!
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
This is the perfect cocktail to ring in the new year! This drink is a fusion of a minty mojito and a subtly sweet and bubbly champagne. Cheers!
This mojito with champagne was refreshingly yummy! I love the bubbles and it wasn't too sweet for me! Cheers to the new year!
This is a refreshing beverage! There are plenty of bubbles and a subtle amount of sweetness! A great drink to celebrate the new year!
Lovely mojito flavors with the bubbly from the champagne are so fun! I love the twist on just champagne for New Year's!