Orange mojito on a grey and white marbled background with slice of orange and lime with logo overlay

Orange Mojito: A Tangy Twist on the Classic Drink

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!

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 since that’s what is made here most often.

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. 

Recipe

Orange mojito on a grey and white marbled background with slice of orange and lime

Orange Mojitos

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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: alcoholic, mint, orange
Servings: 1 serving
4.86 from 14 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs mint leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 2 oz rum
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ice
  • 8 oz 7-Up

Recommended Equipment

Instructions

  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Orange Mojitos
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 323
% Daily Value*
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 89.2mg108%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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48 thoughts on “Orange Mojito: A Tangy Twist on the Classic Drink”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Neely Moldovan

    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!

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