This Kiwi Mojito is a fun spin on the classic cocktail and the perfect summer drink! You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make it. It's so refreshing and can easily be made into a mocktail.
What Makes This Recipe Different
This cocktail has all the flavors of the old classic mojito you're familiar with (fresh mint, lime, and white rum) with the addition of fresh kiwi. Adding kiwi gives the cocktail another layer of flavor, it's sweet, tangy, and so pretty!
Kiwi is tart but sweet and goes really well with all the other flavors. I'm using common green kiwis in this cocktail.
As the name suggests, greek kiwi is bright green and gold kiwi is golden yellow. Gold kiwi also has smoother skin and the flesh is usually softer and almost melts in your mouth. The flavor of gold kiwi is sweeter and more mellow than green kiwi.
- Fresh mint - Spreamint or Morrocan mint are both great for this cocktail. Some recipes use less some more, I like to add a small handful to really infuse the cocktail, it gives it a ton of flavor! Only use fresh mint, not dried.
- Lime - Lime is classic here but if you only have lemon, you can use that too. It will taste different but it works. Use muddled fresh lime whenever possible, please don't use the bottled juice.
- Kiwi - The star of the cocktail! I like to keep one unpeeled slice for garnish but peel the rest I'm adding into the cocktail. Kiwi skin is edible but the texture isn't the best for a cocktail. You can use gold kiwi if you don't have regular kiwi, it will be a bit sweeter and less sour.
- Sweetener - I use maple syrup or agave instead of simple syrup but this is optional. In this drink, I didn't add any sweetener. I find the kiwi gives the cocktail enough sweetness on its own.
- White Rum - Make sure your rum is clear, you don't want dark rum here, it'd overpower the rest of the ingredients.
- Club Soda - I used sugar-free lime flavored soda but any sparkling water is great here.
A mojito can be made either in a cocktail shaker or stirred. It's up to you how you decide to make it but I prefer it stirred right in the drinking glass.
I especially recommend making mojitos with added mushy fruit (like kiwi or berries) this way. When you muddle the fruit it tends to make it harder for the cocktail to come out of the shaker and some of the liquid can get stuck in the shaker. We don't want a single drop to go to waste, right?
- Muddle the fruit - To make one serving, add the fresh mint leaves, chopped and peeled kiwi, and chopped lime into a glass, and muddle with a wooden muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
- Add white rum and maple syrup and stir well with a long spoon.
- Add ice and club soda - Fill the glass with ice, add a slice of lime and kiwi, and top up with sparkling water or lime soda. Serve immediatelly!
How to make it into a mocktail
Making a non-alcoholic Mojito is super easy. Even the classic cocktail has club soda which means a mocktail won't taste very different when you add that and skip the alcohol. You basically don't have to change anything to make it into a mocktail, just skip the rum and add a splash more of the club soda! You can add your favorite lime soda to make it sweeter or more flavorful if you'd like.
Appetizers to Serve With it
When you're trying to decide what small meals you can serve to munch on while sipping on this cocktail, just think of what you'd order in a restaurant! Bruschetta, crostini, fries, calamari, or any other small bites are all great options! To keep things extra simple, serve the cocktail with a selection of chips!
Here are three of my favorite appetizers to serve for any occasion:
- Bruschetta with Mozzarella
- Pico de Gallo with tortilla chips
- Sweet Potato Rounds with Hummus, Pesto, and Goat Cheese
It's a classic mojito with added kiwi. It's different and the flavors work awesome together!
It contains 2 oz of white rum which would make it fairly strong but adding the soda water makes it very easy to drink. It doesn't taste like a strong cocktail but those are dangerous because they taste like juice but there is more than 1 shot of alcohol so keep that in mind and drink responsibly!
Simply omit the white rum and keep all the other ingredients the same. You can add a splash more of the club soda to make up for the 2 oz loss.
Technically, you could but I don't recommend it. Once you add the club soda, it will lose the fizz after sitting out for more than half an hour. It might also be difficult to pour properly with all the fruit.
More Rum Cocktails
If you're looking for more rum-based cocktails, try one or all of these five below! The first two mojitos are especially my favorite! To see all the latest cocktails, head over to the Cocktails category.
- Passion Fruit Mojito
- Strawberry Basil Mojito
- Classic Mojito with Agave
- Skinny Pina Colada
- Spiced Rum Apple Cider Cocktail
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Cocktail
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Cuban
- Diet: Vegan
This Kiwi Mojito is tart, sweet, and so refreshing! A fun spin on the classic cocktail.
- 1 kiwi
- 1 lime
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves (a small handful) plus more for garnish
- 1 tsp agave or maple syrup or more to taste (optional)
- 2 oz white rum
- Ice cubes or crushed ice
- Sparkling water (I used sugar-free lime flavor)
- Reserve a slice or two of each of the kiwi and the lime for garnish. Peel the rest of the kiwi and roughly chop it. Cut the lime into thick rounds and into quarters.
- Add both to a tall glass along with the fresh mint leaves and agave or maple syrup if using. Muddle using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
- Pour in the white rum and mix using a long spoon.
- Fill the glass with the ice cubes or crushed ice and add the reserved slice of kiwi and lime.
- Top up with the sparkling water and serve with a straw if desired.
I don’t peel the kiwi slice I reserve for garnish but I recommend peeling the rest of it that you’re going to muddle. Peeling the lime isn’t necessary.
If you want your cocktail to be clear, you could do the mixing and muddling in a cocktail shaker without the sparkling water, pour it over ice, and then top up with the sparkling water. I prefer doing it in a glass because the kiwi gets mushy once you muddle it and it might make it hard to pour all the liquid out of the cocktail shaker.
The nutritional info is counted without any sweetener and is only an estimate.
Keywords: kiwi mojito
Such a refreshing summer drink, I'm glad to see Kiwi finally shine! This will definitely be coming out during my next late summer barbeque.
I wish fresh Kiwi is available in the Philippines. I can make this easy but refreshing drink for my wife and three daughters.
Rose Ann Sales
This sounds so good. Since I'm craving for something sour right now.
Oh this recipe looks delicious! I also love that you provided recommendations on foods that would pair well with it 😊 definitely a must have!
This looks gorgeous. You can bet I'm making this for my next cocktail party!
It amazes me how you just need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this recipe. Looks so great
I love Kiwi, Although we don't have much fresh Kiwis here. I'd give this a try
I am always keen on trying new recipes. This drink is really perfect for summer
I love mojitos because I love the taste of mint. Added kiwi could, indeed, be quite good and a nice twist to this classic rum drink.
Ivan M. Jose
I love mojitos! In fact, I could use a drink right now because I was under a lot of stress the past two weeks. Thanks for the recipe.
Mmm looks good! I'd like to try it.
I want to try your Kiwi Mojito! It sounds so refreshing. Can't wait to do it on Sunday!
Glad to know about this recipe! I will try it out and see the outcome. This is my first time to learn about the difference of the two kiwi's!
Ok this looks so refreshing!! Perfect for all these hot summer days we have been having!!