How to make the Perfect Mojito: Cocktail lessons from Cayo Coco

A Mojito is the quintessential Cuban cocktail! We went to Cayo Coco where Josh Schaff showed us how to make the perfect Mojito.

The Mojito is a classic cocktail for a reason. The combination of Cuban styled rum, fresh lime, spearmint and bubbly filtered soda is such a delight to drink that it can make you feel like you’re on vacation in a tropical paradise no matter where you’re drinking it!

how to make the perfect mojito

The Mojito might seem like an easy cocktail to make because of it’s simple ingredients, but that’s not always the case! We went to Cayo Coco in downtown Birmingham to get a lesson on how to make the perfect Mojito!

How to make the perfect Mojito:


  • Cuban styled rum
  • fresh lime cut in half
  • simple syrup
  • spearmint
  • filtered soda water


  1. Lightly tap the head of the mint by slapping it on the back of your wrist then pluck the entire mint head off and place it in the bottom of your glass.
  2. Using a flat-topped muddler, gently tap the mint at the bottom of the glass. Be careful not to crush or smash the mint, you just want to release the mint oils leaving the leaves intact.
  3. Next add 1 and 1/2 ounces of Spanish-style rum on top of the mint. The alcohol will act similarly to boiling water in that it will help extract more flavor from the mint leaves.
  4. Take half of a lime and gently squeeze the juice into the glass, rolling the lime around in your hand to make sure you get as much juice as possible.
  5. Now to sweeten the drink a little bit add 1/2 an ounce of rich simple syrup (1 full cup of sugar and 1/2 a cup of hot water stirred until it dissolves) to the drink.
  6. Next place a little bit of ice into the glass and give it a light stir in order to cool the mixture before you add the soda water. This prevents the soda water from becoming to fizzy when you add it and thereby tasting “flat”.
  7. Fill the glass up approximately halfway with soda water, then fill the rest of the way with ice.
  8. Take another sprig of spearmint, again lightly tapping the head on the back of your palm to activate the mint oils, pluck off the mint head and place on top of the drink as garnish.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

How to make the perfect mojito

About Cayo Coco:

how to make the perfect mojito

1940s Cuba was a time of political unrest. The people wanted more, so they made more. Art, food, and drink flourished at the pinnacle of Cuban culture. Grand hotels and restaurants showcased brass and golden doors, merchants sold woven wooden baskets, elegant chandeliers and sconces lined the streets. Vendors peddled watermelon ice, green plantains fried and dusted with sugar, and a myriad of pork and chicken snacks slow cooked and served on delicious breads.

how to make the perfect mojito
Inspired by this period of Cuban culture, Cayo Coco is a tropical vacation waiting in the heart of Birmingham. A space made for rest, comfort, and escape. Enjoy food and drinks from menu’s inspired by many classic Cuban and Latin favorites, with just a touch of the south. Find yourself in paradise, at Cayo Coco.

Learn more about Cayo Coco HERE!

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