Cilantro Mojito is Basically a Glassful of Spring

CIlantro Mojito is Basically a Glassful of Spring!

You guys know how I feel about porch weather, and this cilantro mojito recipe demands that you take it out in the sun for sipping!

I’m a long-time fan of mojitos. A traditional mojito calls for plenty of fresh mint, and this was my introduction to the delicious world of booze + herbs. I love how muddling in just a modest amount of fresh herbs elevates a cocktail to the “fancy pants” level without requiring a lot of extra effort or ingredients.

We got a gorgeous bunch of fresh cilantro in our CSA basket last week, and I realized that I’d never made a cocktail with cilantro. Basil? Sure! Lavender? You betcha? But a cilantro cocktail felt like a challenge.

More herbal cocktails: Basil-Grapefruit Vodka Gimlet, Blueberry-Thyme Lemonade, Tangerine Crush Mojito with Basil

It turned out to be not so challenging after all.

The cilantro mojito recipe below is a little bit different from its traditional cousin. On top of swapping out the mint in favor of cilantro, I’m not using soda water or simple syrup. Instead, you’ll top off your glass with just enough ginger ale to give it a slight kick. More of a nudge, really.

Cilantro Mojito

makes 1 drink


  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • juice of 1/2 a fresh lime
  • ice
  • ginger ale


  1. In the bottom of a rocks glass, muddle (aka mush together) the cilantro, rum, and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, then top off with ginger ale. Stir and serve!
12 comments on “Cilantro Mojito is Basically a Glassful of Spring
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  7. Girl, you are so amazingly creative! I would NEVER have thought of this in a million years and yet it makes total sense to me. Like Andrea, I’m still waiting for porch weather, but I feel in my bones that it won’t be long now!

    • Thank you so much! Maybe you can have one in a sunny window! Is spring late this year, or is it normally cold for a long time where you’re at?

      • A little of both actually, haha! It usually isn’t very warm until at least mid- to late May but it’s taking longer than usual to even be moderately warm this year. A sunny window sounds nice :)

  8. I really like mojitos — almost as much as I like caipirinhas! I can’t quite imagine cilantro instead of mint, but why not? Still not porch weather here, though.

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