Impress your friends by serving a refreshing orange mojito: a classic drink with a summer twist. It looks so pretty, they’ll never know it was easy to make!Jump to Recipe
If you’ve seen any of my updates recently about our garden, you may have noticed that we have a lot of mint growing in a small area. We have to harvest it often to keep it under control, and when we do, we often make mojitos. There were a few large, beautiful ripe oranges from our local co-op. We had no plans for the oranges and had to figure something out. So between the mint and oranges, we decided to make an Orange Mojito.
In the past, we’ve made Strawberry Mojitos (one of my favorite drinks), and Justin will often make a regular mojito, so why not an Orange Mojito? We like mojitos because they are very refreshing and when it’s ridiculously hot for most of the year they are a welcome reprieve.
Since I don’t care for orange flavor much, this was made by the glass rather than in a pitcher like our previous drinks. It can easily be adjusted to make the amount that you need if you are preparing for more than one person.
The wonderful thing about making individual servings of drinks is the ability to adjust to each person’s unique tastes. For example, I like my drinks sweeter, so I put in more sugar. Justin enjoys the lime taste, so he increases the lime and decreases the sugar.
Also, depending on the type of glass you use, you could also rim the glass with sugar for a sweeter drink or a fancier display. Justin was the one drinking this and he doesn’t like sugar. He used one of our beer mugs so he wouldn’t have been able to do a good sugar-rim anyway.
The recipe calls for 7-Up specifically because, in our taste-tests, it has the best flavor for making mojitos. I’ve tried store-brand lemon-lime soda, and it just doesn’t taste quite the same to me. If you can’t find 7-Up, though, it’s the next best thing you can get.
Step by Step
First, decide if you are making a single-serving or a pitcher of mojitos and grab a container accordingly. I am going to write this up based on a single-serving
Start by pulling the leaves off of the sprigs of mint and muddling those in the bottom of the glass. If you have a muddler, that will work best, but you can also use the back of a spoon.
Then cut the lime and orange into quarters and squeeze the juice into the glass. Add the entire wedges in and muddle those with the mint.
Pour in the rum. Since rum is the only alcohol so you can omit if you want a non-alcoholic version. Or, alternatively, add more if you want a stronger drink. You could use any rum you like, but for reference, we use either Castillo Gold Rum or Bacardi Silver Rum.
Add the sugar and stir it up until it partially dissolves and is mixed into the citrus juices. Since you don’t want to make the 7-Up fizz too much, make sure you stir everything really well now.
Fill the serving glass with ice then top with 7-Up until the glass is full. If the soda is already cold, you could put in less ice. Then gently stir everything without agitating the 7-Up too much.
If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a wedge of lime and orange and a sprig of mint leaves.
Originally Published On: August 27, 2018
Last Updated On: June 26, 2019
- 2 sprigs mint leaves
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- 2 oz rum
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 8 oz 7-Up
- Pull the leaves off of the mint sprigs and muddle them in a serving glass
- Cut the lime and orange into wedges and squeeze the juice into the glass then muddle the wedges with the mint leaves
- Add the rum and sugar, stirring until the sugar partially dissolves in the liquid
- Fill the glass with ice then top with 7-Up
- Stir gently so the soda doesn’t fizz
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
48 thoughts on “Orange Mojito: A Tangy Twist on the Classic Drink”
Mmmmm this looks so yummy and refreshing! I like mojitos but confess I have never tried to make them myself – may have to try it sometime, and I like the idea of this orange variation on the theme!
We have tried quite a few different ones now. They seem a little intimidating at first, but it’s actually an easy drink to make.
I do need a pitcher of that mojito! It’s been super hot here lately. This would be perfect.
Mojitos are such a refreshing drink. They are perfect for the heat of summer for sure.
Yes, I love this idea and I am thinking it is perfect when someone has a cold as well. It seems quick and easy to make, and I like as you suggest making it by the glass to adjust to each person’s taste.
The orange in it would definitely add that kick of vitamin C!
ah, Stephanie you never fail to culinary impress us! This looks like perfect spin on a classic all time fave drink! Bottoms up!
Thank you! Sometimes it’s the recipes that we throw together that tend to come out the best.
Ooh, those look so delicious and refreshing. And they’re healthy because they have fruit in them, right?! 🙂
That’s exactly my line of thinking as well! 😉
This is such a unique twist to an all-time favourite drink. I love anything tangy and it’s perfect for these hot summer days! Great one, Stephanie.
Yes, we have been having mojitos more often lately with summer in full swing here.
Mojitos is one of my favorite drinks and I tend to make them by the glass full too. I think my husband and I would both do the exact same thing your husband and you did! His tarter and yours sweeter!
Isn’t it funny, anyone I’ve asked always has the same combo: his is tart, hers is sweet!
Yum! Thank you for sharing. I absolutely LOVE mojitos and how simple they are to make. I remember one year I made a pitcher of mojito for my friend and I, needless to say we were sloshed!
They can be so dangerous because you don’t taste the alcohol most of the time! I could see how easy it would be to have a bit too much with mojitos.
Oh my gosh! This orange mojito looks so refreshing! I loved your recipe for the strawberry ones and I bet this is even better!
It depends on which fruit you prefer, but they are both a great way to make something new from a classic recipe.
The orange and the soda are definitely a nice touch to the traditional mojito! I think I can whip this up an make it mommy friendly and an upcoming baby shower. 🙂
I have made mojitos without the rum before and they taste just the same!
7-Up has a taste that I like. I’m really surprised by the way you create a recipe with the same flavor that uses orange. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing ^^.
We’ve tried a few different sodas, and 7Up seems to taste the best in mojitos. At least, the way we make them it works best.
Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new drink recipes!!
It’s such a great one! The orange adds a fun tang to the mojito.
Need to try this summer drink for some guests at a get together! Super easy to make plus it looks so refreshing too
It’s great when you have people over. Make a big pitcher or two to share.
I’ve never actually tried a mojito, but definitely something I’ll try making when my friends come to visit for a few days!
You should give it a try! They are such a refreshing, light drink.
What a refreshing drink Perfect combination. I am going to try it for sure..Its a great detox and weight loss drink.
I’m not sure about the detox and weight loss with the soda and rum, but it’s definitely a refreshing drink!
It’s so hot in Tampa and I am looking at that drink and wish I could grab it from the computer. That will be our signature drink for our mini barbecue this Saturday.
Girl, I feel you. We are in Orlando right now and just did three days at Disney. This heat is brutal!
Oh this is a new one to me! ORANGE Mojito! This is so going to happen in this house when I tell my husband!
It was new to us when we tried it, too! We happened to have leftover orange so threw it in with great results.
I like that this recipe is for a single serving. I don’t do mint so have never had a desire to try any mojito but my hubby loves them. He could make one for himself to enjoy while I drink my 7 and seven.
I wasn’t so sure about having the mint the first time we made mojitos, but I really like it. We always do single-serving since my husband and I like them a bit different.
That sounds amazing! I love a good mojito anytime, but these look beautiful and I love the orange.
Mojitos are my husband favorite drink, so we’ve tried a few different flavors.
I love that there is no alcohol in this delicious drink. Strawberry flavored drinks top my list because i don’t have them often. Yummy
You can make it with and without alcohol, which is why this works so well!
I need this Mojito right nowwww!!! I can’t wait to try to make it, i am sure it is gonna be delicious!!! 5 Stars.
It’s such a great drink and easy to make. We love having mojitos in the evening when the kids go to bed.
This is such a unique twist to the basic Mojito. Its Friday night and I am actually craving for this yummy drink. I don’t have rum right now but probably will be getting and making it tonight. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.
We love making a mojito in the evenings after the kids go to bed. It’s a great, refreshing drink for relaxing in the evening.
Orange mojito, sounds so cool 😍 This drink is absolutely perfect for this scorching summer! Definitely trying this soon ☺
We love having mojitos in the heat of summer. They are such a refreshing drink.
Im not a huge mojito person but I think the addition of orange would change my mind! Looks so refreshing for these hot days. If only I wasn’t pregnant!
I know what you mean. I don’t like a regular mojito much, but adding orange or strawberry makes them so much better for me.