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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! 

Coconut mojito in a glass with lime and mint garnish in front

Coconut rum mojitos

I'm not a big drinker, but I absolutely LOVE mojitos and their refreshing minty lime flavor. And as you might guess, I am always playing around with classic recipes to see which new flavors I like.

This coconut rum mojito is a winner in my book because it is SO easy to make, yet tastes undeniably tropical. If you love coconut, you're going to love this mojito.

All I do is substitute white rum for flavored coconut rum. And I rim the glass with finely shredded coconut. And I sometimes use agave nectar instead of sugar to sweeten the mojito, though that is not necessary.

Ready to make mojitos? Grab these ingredients below:

Ingredients

This recipe below makes one drinkso feel free to double it if you need to!

  • ½ lime, cut into wedges
  • Optional garnish: shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened), pulsed in a food processor to make tiny snowflake-sized pieces
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar or agave nectar (see notes below on sweetness)
  • ½ cup sparkling water or seltzer (or use Sprite, see notes below on sweetness)
  • 1 shot coconut rum (1.5 oz, or 3 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Related recipe: Raspberry Mojitos

Instructions

Step 1: Optional step, if you want to garnish your glass with coconut: Run a wedge of lime along the rim of your glass. Place the shredded coconut flakes on a plate and dip the rim of the glass into the coconut flakes. If you find that the flakes are not sticking enough, you can try squeezing a little agave nectar on a clean plate and dipping the glass into the agave just a tiny bit.

Note: if you choose to do this step, you'll need to be very careful with the next steps when muddling the mojito so you don't smudge the coconut garnish off the glass!

Mojito muddler muddling mint and limes in a glass

Step 2: Add the mint leaves and sugar or agave to the glass, and muddle the leaves 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.

Step 3: Add the ice cubes, rum, and seltzer. Give it a swirl, and enjoy!

Related recipe: Mulberry Mojitos

Ingredient notes and tips

→ Sugar, agave, or Sprite?? A classic mojito uses sugar, about 2 tablespoons per drink. If you don't like sweet drinks, you can cut down the sugar to 1 tablespoon. You can also omit the sugar and use Sprite in its place, or you can use sugar and Sprite for a very sweet drink. 

I also give the option of using agave nectar in place of syrup if you're looking to make a drink without any refined sugar. You can start with 1 tablespoon agave, and stir more in if needed at the end.

→ No coconut rum? If you don't have coconut rum on hand and don't want to buy it just for this recipe, you can use a few drops of coconut extract and plain white rum. I find that to be not as flavorful and not as tasty as using coconut rum though, so I highly recommend getting some coconut rum! Another option is to use a little coconut milk or coconut water in place of the seltzer, however that's also not as flavorful as coconut rum, and it also reduces the amount of refreshing bubbles in your drink.

Related recipe: Blueberry Moscow Mules 

2 glasses of coconut mojitos

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coconut mojito with agave syrup
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5 from 2 votes

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
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 mojito
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • ½ lime - cut into wedges
  • shredded coconut - for garnish (optional) - you can pulse it in the food processor to get snowflake-sized pieces
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar - or agave nectar
  • ½ cup sparkling water - (seltzer) or Sprite, if you like sweeter drinks
  • 1 shot coconut rum
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Optional step to garnish your glass. Run a wedge of lime along the rim of the glass. Dip the rim of the glass into a bowl with coconut flakes. Be careful not to knock the flakes off in the next step!
  • Add the mint leaves and sugar 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. 
    Mojito muddler muddling mint and limes in a glass
  • Add the ice cubes, rum, and seltzer. 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.
If your shredded coconut is not sticking to the glass, you can dip the rim of the glass into a plate with a little bit of agave nectar, which is sticky enough to hold the coconut well.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal (9%) | Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 1g (2%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (5%) | Sodium: 41mg (2%) | Potassium: 57mg (2%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 15g (17%) | Vitamin A: 425IU (9%) | Vitamin C: 13mg (16%) | Calcium: 35mg (4%) | Iron: 0.7mg (4%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info 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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