Basil and Jalapeño Lemon Mojito

Citrusy-sweet and heat are that one-two refreshing combo that’s so perfect for summer. And that’s what this basil and jalapeño lemon mojito is all about. That bright, grassy spiciness of jalapeño also pairs quite well with the basil here. All in – we’re talking a flavor explosion.

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Basil and jalapeño lemon mojito

Fresh sweet basil works fine here, but if you can get your hands on lemon basil, all the better. Its flavor profiles perfectly with this cocktail. This lemon mojito recipe also works with gin instead of rum, so feel free to experiment with what you use.

We use two jalapeños here (allowing up to one per cocktail), which may be too spicy for some. Use as much or little as you’d like when adding the jalapeño to the glass. We don’t muddle it with the other ingredients, so the heat won’t be as over the top as you may expect.

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Basil And Jalapeño Lemon Mojito

A refreshing cocktail, citrusy sweet with bright jalapeño heat
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Cocktails
Servings 2 drinks
Calories 176 kcal


  • 100 ml white rum split into two 50 ml measures for the drinks
  • 4 stalks basil
  • 1/2 lemon sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons sugar split
  • 2 jalapeno peppers sliced, use only one for a milder drink
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup club soda


  • In each glass add 2 stems of basil, half the sugar, one 50 ml measure of white rum, and half of the sliced lemon.
  • Use a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon to crush the ingredients in each glass.
  • Take slices from the jalapeno peppers and add them to the glass, along with the ice with the ice
  • Divide the club soda between the 2 glasses and stir gently to serve.
  • Enjoy immediately.


Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 33mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 368IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on July 2, 2024 to include new content.
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Kim Guzman

That looks amazing! I never have rum so I’m going to have to give it a go with Patron. 😉