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Cranberry Lime Mojitos

I’m beginning to develop quite the love affair with festive drinks. It all started when I made this sparkling apple cider sangria a couple months ago. The idea of sipping on a yummy drink that went hand-in-hand with the season made me so happy. I knew winter wasn’t too far ahead so I made it a mission to find my next concoction that would pair nicely with the flavors and colors of the festive season.

I starting thinking some of my favorite cocktails and my mind immediately went to mojitos.

Mojitos are something that I only recently started drinking. I’m not a huge fan of rum so I usually just stick to the wines, beers, and margaritas when I need a hard beverage.

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But when we went to my cousins wedding last year, I quickly changed my mind. They had a mojito bar that was serving up drinks all night. I figured I should give the classic drink a shot so I took a sip of my husband’s drink and… Oh. My. Lanta. I couldn’t believe I had shunned this drink for so long without even trying it. What a revelation!! I couldn’t even taste the rum. And the mint added such a refreshing essence that made me not want to stop drinking it. Dangerous.

So when thinking of a perfect festive drink for the winter, I knew I had to make a mojito. To continue with my love of cranberry (as seen in these cookies and this fruity crumble), I decided to make the cranberry lime mojitos.

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This festive take on the classic drink really pays off! The cranberry juice is the right mixture of tart and sweet so it only enhances this drink and doesn’t overpower it. Plus, the colors of the cranberry and mint and lime just SCREAM holidays, don’t they?!

After making this drink four times in one month, I learned a few tips that I want to share with you guys:

  1. You can use cranberry juice cocktail or cranberry juice concentrate that is diluted with water. The drinks pictured above are made with 1/2 cup juice concentrate that was diluted with 1 1/2 cups of water. But I’ve also made it with juice cocktail and it tasted just as amazing. The only difference is the color. Juice cocktail makes the mojito a lighter color than the rich color in the pictures above.
  2. You can make this drink ahead of time but do not make more than 24 hours before you serve it. The mint leaves will start to turn brown after 24 hours. Also, if you decide to make ahead, keep refrigerated without adding the ice. Add the ice right before serving.
  3. You’ll probably have extra cranberries left over that you can use to make stir sticks. It’s a fun way to garnish this drink. I just took medium wooden skewers and skewered the cranberries on it, one by one.
  4. I ran out of rum when making this the last time so I substituted silver tequila. It tasted soooo yummy! So that’s an option if you like tequila more than rum 😉
  5. If you’re making this for a crowd, you should double the amount of the liquid ingredients. However, I don’t feel the need to double the mint or sugar. The flavor is so powerful that the original amount of sugar and mint worked for my larger serving. But if you really, really want strong mint flavor, maybe increase the recipe by half.

You’re gonna love this recipe! And even better…you don’t have to save these just for the winter. Mojitos are great all year long!

What other drinks are you into this time of year?? Let me know in the comments below!

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Recipe:

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Cranberry Lime Mojitos
A festive twist on this classic drink. Mint, sugar, lime, cranberry juice, and rum come together to make this yummy drink that perfectly highlights the winter flavor of cranberry but can be made all year long!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
glasses
Ingredients
  • .75 ounces fresh mint (about a handful)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white rum
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup whole cranberries (for garnish)
  • 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 12 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 lime sliced in wedges (for garnish)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
glasses
Ingredients
  • .75 ounces fresh mint (about a handful)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white rum
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup whole cranberries (for garnish)
  • 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 12 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 lime sliced in wedges (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Add fresh mint (leaves only) and granulated sugar to a large pitcher. Muddle together to breakdown leaves into smaller pieces.
  2. Add rum and lime juice to mint and sugar mixture and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add in cranberries, cranberry juice and sparkling water. If not serving immediately, place in fridge for no more than 24 hours.
  4. Once ready to serve, add ice to pitcher to fill it up. Serve in individual glasses with a lime wedge. If you want to make it extra festive, you can make stir sticks from the leftover cranberries. Just skewer them on a medium wooden skewer and place in each drink when serving. Enjoy!

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More recipe’s you’ll enjoy:

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

sparkling apple cider sangria

Wine Milkshakes

wine milkshakes

54 comments

  1. You had me at mojitos.
    I haven’t had a GOOD mojito since I came back from my vacation, but this version sounds like it would be so delicious. I really like cranberry drinks and the lime would make the perfect addition to this drink. I think I’m going to have to make some of these at my next get together!

  2. I’m a pretty big fan of mojitos in general so I was pretty sure I’d like this before I even started reading! And I love how they are such a great festive drink

  3. These look so yummy and festive. My hubby loves mojitos, so at our next get together I’ll have to make these. And since I’m not a rum lover, I’ll have to try it with the silver tequila as well. 😉

  4. I don’t drink but I had to stop myself from drooling! Not only are they beautiful I can only imagine how delicious they are! YUM! Pinned them though because I know a few friends of mine who will LOVE this!

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