Last updated on May 14th, 2018.
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!
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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. 😉
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).
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 Mojitos with Agave Syrup
- 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.
- 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!