These Guava Mojitos are so refreshing and easy to make. Made with white rum, lime juice, fresh mint, guava nectar and simple syrup, this guava cocktail recipe sings of tropical flavors! Just a sip will help you escape to a tropical paradise. – Makes 2 drinks and easy to double!
Why I love this cocktail recipe:
Nothing says fresh quite like a mojito. They are the drink I go to when I feel like escaping—they’re super simple to make, and this version with guava brings out a sweetness I absolutely love!
Plus, the lovely color of this Guava Rum Cocktail is an added bonus.
In fact, I say this is a 3D drink because it smells good, tastes delicious, and is so pretty, too.
It’s an experience… that pretty dose of summer you need in your life all year!
This guava mojito is a crisp, drinkable and very light cocktail, just like the original Mojito recipe. The big difference between them is that, the original mojito calls for a splash of soda water/club soda and this guava mojito recipe doesn’t. I like to just load it with ice to keep it nice, cold and refreshing that way. That said, you are more than welcome to add a splash on yours if you’d like.
Beijinhos & Saúde xx
What is a mojito?
A mojito is a traditional Cuban drink made from white rum, soda water (sometimes club soda), sugar, lime juice, and a load of mint and ice.
In many places, it’s garnished with a bouquet of mint and a piece of sugar cane.
It’s refreshing and crisp, when done well, and it’s the perfect drink to sip by a pool in the summer – and in all other seasons, it’s the perfect drink to make you feel you’re by a pool!
The traditional recipe does not call for guava, but overtime there have been many versions with different fruits and flavors that are delicious and fun to drink!
Other tropical cocktails you’ll love: Batida de Maracuja – Passion Fruit Cocktail with Vodka, Caipirinha de Maracuja – Brazilian Passion Fruit Cocktail, Batida de Coco – Brazilian Coconut Cocktail, How to Make Caipirinha, Pineapple Rum Punch Recipe!
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- Guava nectar—sometimes called guava juice, you should be able to find this at your local grocery or a Latin American grocery.
- Simple syrup—homemade or store bought.
- White rum
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Fresh mint
- Loads of crushed ice
You’ll Also Need:
- Cocktail mixing glass
- Citrus press
- Cocktail stirrer or a regular spoon
- Highball glasses
- measuring cups and spoons
How to make a Mojito with Guava
Juice your limes. I could give you a lot of advices when it comes to cocktail making, but the best one is to always use freshly squeezed citrus! It makes all the difference, and the store-bought kind simply does not compare. Use a citrus press, and boom, fresh lime juice is there to brighten your drinks.
Prepare your Mojito base. Pour your freshly squeezed lime juice, rum and simple syrup into a cocktail glass. Give it a good stir.
Treat the mint. Now, listen up ‘cos here is where most people mess up a mojito… or mint things in general.
We don’t need to aggressively muddle the mint to extract its aromas and flavors. In fact, if you do, all you’ll be getting in return is bitter, grassy flavors, which will not make our Guava Cocktail sing.
To get those sweet minty flavors out, all you need to do is agitate the mint, which you can do a few different ways:
- You can slap it onto your hand a few times,
- Or place some on your hand then clap on it with your other hand,
- Or gently squeeze it,
- You can also gently rub it between your hands and fingers, or even
- Tear the leaves up with your fingers, too.
See? You’ve got options.
The point is, we don’t want to bruise the mint—the moment it turns dark green from bruising or harsh muddling, those flavors turn bitter and just ruin everything.
But Aline!!! Everyone on the internet and in bars all over the place are muddling the mint!!! Well, amigos, we’re not “everyone”, k?
All that said, pick your favorite mint agitation experience and just remember to be gentle!
Stir it up. You’ve massaged your mint, so add it to the cocktail cup, and stir with a cocktail stirrer.
This is another opportunity to gently agitate your mint some more and release more of those minty oils.
Serve & Garnish
Fill up your highballs. Since this recipe makes two Guava Nectar Cocktails, split the minty mixture into two highball glasses, and using the spoon, try to even out the amount of leaves into the glasses.
Fill with ice about 3/4 of the way full.
Top it with the guava nectar, then add in more ice on top.
Once it’s all in, you can splash in club soda or more guava nectar if desired.
We have enough ice in the cup for it to be refreshing… but if you like the fizzies, splash it up.
Garnish with more mint. Honestly, I don’t like calling this a garnish, because it’s a very important component of this cocktail.
Similar to how you treated the mint for the drink, you want to agitate it here, as well, because like I said, this is a full experience. You want to smell the fresh minty magic of all this.
Give it a slap or a little rub, and put it in the glasses. Then add straws so you will be able to sip and smell and enjoy.
Additionally, as you drink up, this mint will sink into your drink and will give you even more flavor.
This Guava Mojito is great with…
- Pão de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe
- Grilled Chicken Hearts
- Chimichurri Wings
- Tuna Dip Recipe (Pastinha de Atum)
- Black Bean Salsa Recipe
- Cilantro Garlic Bread
- Yuca Fries
- Bacalaitos – Puerto Rican Salted Codfish Fritters
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- 5 ounces of white rum
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup guava nectar
- 2 tablespoons of simple syrup
- 2 full bunches of fresh mint 20-30 leaves for the drink, the rest for topping
- 2-3 cups crushed ice
- a splash of club soda optional for topping at the end
- In a large cocktail glass, mix in the lime juice, rum and simple syrup.
- Next, separate about 20 to 30 mint leaves from the bunch of mint and gently rub them between your hands to release the mint's oils. You may gently squeeze or break the leaves gently with your fingers, as well. Do not muddle the mint because it could yield a bitter end result.
- Add the mint leaves to the cocktail cup and stir gently.
- Pour equal amounts of mixture into two highball glasses, including the leaves. Use your spoon to make sure you have an even amount of mint leaves in each cup, as well.
- Then fill the glasses about halfway to 3/4 of the way with crushed ice.
- Pour the guava nectar into both glasses and top with more crushed ice all the way to the top. If desired, top with a little club soda or extra guava nectar.
- Split the rest of the mint into 2 bunches and agitate it with your hands, similar to what you did earlier, to release the oils.
- Place each bunch into each glass as garnish and serve with a straw!