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Put the lime in the coconut… with these refreshing, tropical Coconut Mojitos sweetened with Agave Syrup. This coconut version of the classic mojito is absolutely addicting! 

Coconut Mojitos sweetened with Agave Syrup

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I’m not a big drinker. Whenever we go out for happy hour after work or for drinks with friends, I usually have one drink. I usually have a beer if we’re eating burgers or wings, a glass of wine if we’re having a nicer dinner, or a mixed drink if we’re out in the evening.

My mixed drink of choice is a mojito, but bars NEVER seem to have fresh mint to make a mojito. I don’t know why I set myself up for disappointment every time I ask for a mojito.

Fortunately mojitos are super easy to make. Fresh mint is key to making a mojito. Luckily mint is usually available in stores, and it is also really easy to grow. It grows fast and spreads like crazy – it’s practically a weed! Which gives me a great excuse to make mojitos at home. 😉

Coconut Mojitos with Agave

I love love LOVE the flavor of coconut, so I like to use coconut rum instead of regular rum when I make mixed drinks at home. I think Rico Bay Coconut Rum has the BEST coconut flavor – you can’t even taste the rum in any of my mixed drinks. If you can’t find Rico Bay, I’ve used Bacardi Coconut Rum for these Coconut Mojitos and they also turn out really good.

My Coconut Mojitos are sweetened with agave syrup. I use agave as a sweetened for almost everything – oatmeal, coffee (yes, coffee!), and mixed drinks. I think agave gives everything a great subtle flavor, so I don’t bother with simple syrup. If you prefer, you can sweeten your coconut mojito with simple syrup, plain sugar, or even Sprite.

I personally don’t like drinks that are too sugary, so I make these Coconut Mojitos with seltzer water (club soda) instead of Sprite. I think agave syrup gives the mojitos enough sweetness that adding Sprite would be too much. Besides, I always have seltzer on hand because I have my trusty SodaStream Soda Maker. It was a much appreciated birthday give from several years ago, and I use it almost daily (for seltzer, not for mojitos haha).

Coconut Mojitos with Agave

A mojito muddler is obviously the easiest tool to use to muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges for these coconut mojitos. But you can use a fork if you don’t have a muddler – just press and mash the mint and lime in the glass to release their juices. I use my mojito muddler all the time in the kitchen, it’s not just for mojitos! I use it for mashing avocado into guacamole and as a makeshift mortar and pestle when I need to crush herbs and spices.

coconut mojito with agave syrup
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Coconut Mojitos with Agave Syrup

Put the lime in the coconut... with these refreshing, tropical Coconut Mojitos sweetened with Agave Syrup. This coconut version of the classic mojito is absolutely addicting! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Cuban, Latin American
Servings: 1 mojito
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lime , cut into wedges
  • shredded coconut , for garnish (optional)
  • 10 mint leaves
  • tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1/3 cup seltzer (or sprite, if you like things sweeter)
  • 1 shot of coconut rum
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Instructions

  • Run a wedge of lime along the rim of the glass. Dip the rim of the glass into a bowl with coconut flakes. 
     
  • Add the mint leaves to a glass, and muddle them to release their juices. If you don't have a mojito muddler, you can use a fork to mash up the mint leaves. Add lime wedges to the glass and muddle them too, making sure to squeeze both the pulp and the skin to release lime juice and lime oils from the skin.
     
    coconut mojito with agave syrup
  • Add one tablespoon of agave (or more to taste). Use the muddler to swirl everything together. If you're using sugar, crush the sugar with the muddler so that it dissolves in the lime juice.
     
  • Add the ice cubes, rum, and seltzer. Insert a fancy straw, give it a swirl, and enjoy!
     

Notes

You may substitute simple syrup or a tablespoon of sugar for the agave syrup, or skip it altogether and use Sprite to sweeten your mojito.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Mojitos with Agave Syrup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.
 

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Fran @ G'day Souffle'

Wednesday 17th of December 2014

Hi Kate- I had a mojito in Paris once and it wasn't very good. I've never tried agave nectar before but I love agave plants. So you're from New Jersey? Last night I saw the movie 'Jersey Boys', about the life of Frankie Valli.

Kate

Thursday 18th of December 2014

Aw sad to hear that the mojito wasn't good! Did you not like the chunks of mint leaves (I know some people don't like those in their drinks), or was it just a badly made drink?

Yep, I live in New Jersey now. Never saw Jersey Boys though! I'll see if it's on netflix or amazon prime :)

CakeSpy

Saturday 13th of December 2014

I don't drink mojitos all that often but enjoy them when I do. This one definitely seems worth my time...and perfect to make myself think warm thoughts in the winter!

Kate

Monday 15th of December 2014

It definitely feels tropical. I can definitely use a bit of tropical here in New Jersey right now.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Friday 12th of December 2014

I love mojitos but I've not had one like this. I'm going to try it and see how it compares to my traditional recipe.

Kate

Monday 15th of December 2014

Let me know if you like it - I think it definitely depends on whether you like coconut and agave, but I love both of those things, and the combination was awesome together, much better than flavorless sugar and rum!

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