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Thai Basil No-Jito

The traditional Cuban mojito is made with mint. Here, we add Thai basil to give it an exotic twist. (If you can’t find Thai basil, use regular basil; it’s a different flavor but still delicious.)
a glass of thai basil no jito
  • Yield 1 serving
  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Cook Time 0 minutes


  • 8 leaves fresh Thai basil
  • 8 leaves fresh mint
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/2 lime, cut in half
  • 8 oz. carbonated water
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, trimmed

(Alcohol option: White rum)


Muddle the basil, mint, and sugar in a glass until the herbs are fragrant and mashed together.
Add crushed ice to the glass, squeeze in the lime juice, and top with the carbonated water.
Serve in a Highball glass and garnish with the lemongrass, if desired.

Photography by: Andrea D’Agosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Marian Cooper Cairns


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