Mojito Mocktail Recipe
This refreshing minty Mojito Mocktail recipe has all the zing and zest you’d want in a summer cocktail, but without the rum or refined sugar! The combination of citrus, minty herbs, and sweetness make this Mojito Mocktail a balanced summery drink.
If you’ve ever had a classic mojito, you’ll know it has one of the most refreshing and satisfying flavor profiles. Nothing beats the delicious combination of tangy lime, a cooling pop of fresh mint, and a dash of sweetness to balance it all.
I was lucky enough to visit Cuba back in 2004 as a student. It was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget. In addition to all of the culture, music, food, and history, I certainly enjoyed several authentic mojitos made with island rum, fresh mint, and sugar. Talk about refreshing!
If you don’t like alcohol or want to enjoy a healthier version of a classic cocktail, this easy and refreshing mojito mocktail recipe is just for you. It is super simple to make; no fancy bartending skills are required.
Topped with a refreshing dash of soda water, it’s the perfect drink for a lazy summer day or a pool party on a clear night. It’s no wonder that this classic cocktail originated in the tropics.
And if you’re looking for a delicious mocktail recipe for a crowd, all you need to do is increase the quantities and whip up a pitcher of it. It’s so tasty, and you won’t even miss the rum!
Why You Need This Recipe
- It’s a healthier way to enjoy this refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day.
- Because it’s a mocktail and not a cocktail, you can drink this mojito all day long without worrying about the alcohol. You don’t have to worry about serving it to kids or minors either.
- Mojito mocktails are a great way to use up fresh mint from the garden.
🍹What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe
You won’t need any fancy equipment or special skills to make this mojito cocktail recipe. I bet will have everything needed or simple substitutes you can use.
Although you would typically use highball glasses for mojito mocktails, don’t stress if you don’t have them. You can use any glass at all. The mint, lime, and ice will look great no matter what you put them in. If you’re entertaining, you could even use some fancy cocktail glasses.
2. A Muddler
If you have a muddler, that’s great! But if you don’t, you can use the back of a wooden spoon to muddle your mojito. It works perfectly.
3. A Pitcher or Jug
This mocktail is so delicious that you might want to show off your mocktail-making skills to friends and family. To make sure everyone enjoys your new favorite drink, you’ll need to increase the recipe and make it in a pitcher or a jug.
🍹Key Ingredients and Substitutes
The classic mojito has a distinctively fresh flavor with a kick. But for this healthier alcohol-free blend, I’ve decided to leave out refined sugar and, of course, the rum. Don’t worry; it still tastes delicious!
And, if you choose to change it up, I’ve included some alternative ingredients you can try.
Fresh limes are packed with nutrients like vitamin C and potassium. Lime juice is also tart, zesty, and delicious.
If you don’t have access to fresh limes in your area or they are too expensive, you could substitute them with some of the many high-quality bottled lime juice options available. Use two tablespoons of bottled lime juice instead of one lime, and make sure you choose one that contains 100% pure lime juice without any added sugars.
If you can’t find limes or lime juice, you can use sparkling citrus water or lime-flavored soda to top the mojito mocktail instead of soda water. Try to use one without added sugar or preservatives.
Fresh Mint Leaves
Fresh mint is a must in any mojito mocktail recipe! It’s usually available year-round and easy to grow, even in a window herb box.
Don’t shred the mint leaves or chop them up – clap them with your hands to release the scent, and then muddle them with the lime and sweetener. That’s enough to release the minty fresh flavor perfectly.
If you have extra mint leaves on hand, you might also try making fresh mint tea that can be served hot or cold.
I like to use monk fruit sweetener in this mojito mocktail recipe to make it sugar-free. But, you could use any type of healthy sweetener you prefer or have on hand. Stevia, agave, honey, or maple syrup are great options to use instead of cane sugar. Whatever you choose will alter the final flavor of your mocktail, so keep that in mind.
Another option is to omit the sweetener altogether. If you like tangy flavors or want to have your mojito mocktail as healthy as possible, forget about sweetening it and enjoy the zesty freshness of lime and mint without any flavors interfering with it.
Regular ice cubes are great for cooling your mojito mocktail, or you could try crushed ice instead. It’s quick and simple to make crushed ice at home in a blender, with an ice crusher, or manually like this:
- Lay a clean dish towel on a work surface.
- Place a handful of ice cubes on the center of the towel.
- Fold the corners in and tie them together with a rubber band.
- Whack the bundle of ice with a rolling pin for around five minutes or until the ice is crushed.
You can use any carbonated water to top your mojito mocktail. Or you could try ginger ale, citrus kombucha, or any carbonated drink you enjoy. The options are endless if you’re adventurous.
Alcohol-free rum is an optional ingredient but can make your mojito taste more like the real thing. If you want to make your drink as healthy as possible, remember to keep an eye on the ingredients. Some alcohol-free rum mixes are loaded with refined sugar and other nasty ingredients!
While the classic mojito just includes the ingredients above, you can free free to get creative and include options like fresh raspberries, strawberries, or any other type of seasonal fruit or berry.
Yes, the idea behind a mocktail is to create a cocktail with the same delicious flavor but without any alcohol. Mocktails are also known as virgin cocktails.
Mojitos originated from Havana, Cuba, where they speak Spanish, so it is pronounced: “Moe-hee-toe.”
Yes, it is! This recipe makes such a refreshing drink that it will immediately enhance your mood. If you make it sugar-free then it is essentially water with natural flavors. Fresh lime and mint are also nutritious, and using a healthy sweetener helps keep this delicious drink just as healthy as it is tasty.
Yes, you can! Since this recipe is healthy, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a mojito every day.
Other Mocktails and Healthy Drinks You Might Like
- Cucumber Lemon Mint Water
- Iced Coffee Recipe
- Sparkling Kombucha Lemonade
- Sparkling Tart Cherry Mocktail (Sugar-Free)
- Strawberry Mocktail
- Virgin Sangria Mocktail
- Pomegranate Mocktail
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- 1 fresh lime, cut into quarters
- 1 teaspoon, sweetener of your choice (notes)
- 10 medium-sized mint leaves
- 1 ounce non-alcoholic rum (optional)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 4 ounces soda water
- Place lime and sweetener in the glass.
- Muddle for about a minute to release some of the lime juice. It should smell amazing!
- Clap the mint leaves with your hands until you release the fresh minty scent.
- Place the mint in the glass and use the muddler to press the leaves two or three times. Do this gently.
- Add the non-alcoholic rum if you’re using it.
- Add your ice cubes, top with soda water, and stir well.
- Serve, and enjoy!
- To make this drink ahead of time, gather enough of the ingredients to make at least 4-6 servings. “Pre-muddle” a jug of lime, mint leaves, and sweetener, and leave it in the fridge. Top it with some ice and soda water when your guests arrive!
- I like to use monk fruit sweetener in this mojito mocktail recipe to make it sugar-free. But you could use any type of healthy sweetener you prefer or have on hand, for example, stevia, agave, honey, or maple syrup. Another option is to omit the sweetener altogether.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Easy
- Cuisine: Cuban
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 12
- Sugar: 0.7 g
- Sodium: 34.6 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 3.8 g
- Fiber: 0.3 g
- Protein: 0.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: mocktails, alcohol-free, coctails, virgin mojito
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