Thirsty Thursday: Memorial Day Mojitos

By: Kelsey Vala

Photo by: Stephen Murello ©Stephen Murello

Stephen Murello, Stephen Murello

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

The key to Memorial Day weekend is simplicity and relaxation with some good food and drink. Any backyard Memorial Day bash should feature sizzling hamburgers off the grill and refreshing pitchers of cold, sweet cocktails. We’re choosing to celebrate with our favorite libation hailing from Cuba, the cooling and minty mojito.

Start by gently muddling the mint to release oils for an herbaceous accent to this spectacular mojito. Then this cocktail is played up with freshly-squeezed lime and lemon juices, light rum, bubbly club soda and lots of ice. There's no better refreshing, simple and delicious summertime cocktail to whip up for a crowd.

Bottoms up, folks.

  • 1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 4 limes, juiced
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 (750 ml bottle) light rum
  • 1 liter club soda


In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint. Enjoy!

Want more top cocktail recipes and expert bartending tips? Sign up for our free cocktails newsletter.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Thirsty Thursday: Mojito Slushy

It’s no secret that mint and lime offer depth and refreshment to summer cocktails, and in Cooking Channel's version of the popular Cuban cocktail, fresh mint leaves and lime zest are the star ingredients.

Thirsty Thursday: Beat the Heat with Icebreaker Mojitos

It’s your favorite summer fruits against a backdrop of classic mojito flavors.

Thirsty Thursday: Peach Sangria

Cooking Channel's three-ingredient punch is uncomplicated, refreshing, and chock-full of summer's best peaches.



7am | 6c

Unwrapped 2.0

8:30am | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30am | 8:30c

Good Eats

10am | 9c

Good Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Good Eats

11am | 10c

Good Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

12:30pm | 11:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

1:30pm | 12:30c

Man Fire Food

2:30pm | 1:30c

Man Fire Food

3:30pm | 2:30c

Man Fire Food

4:30pm | 3:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cupcake Wars

8pm | 7c

Cupcake Wars

10pm | 9c

Cupcake Wars

11pm | 10c

Cupcake Wars

12am | 11c

Cupcake Wars

1am | 12c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

New Episodes Mondays 9|8c

So Much Pretty Food Here