Enjoy the refreshing, minty citrusy effervescence of a cocktail classic without the alcohol in this mojito mocktail recipe. This simple virgin mojito features the right balance of flavors and is just sweet enough!
I will always get excited about a fun beverage, whether that's a new-to-me flavor of sparkling water, tea, iced coffee, hot chocolate (cioccolata calda!), etc. And even though I do drink alcohol, there are many times I prefer not to imbibe but still want to sip on something fun that's non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated.
That's where a good mocktail comes in. Fancier than a glass of juice, they provide all of those classic cocktail flavors, just without the booze.
With its bold, fresh mint flavor, not-too-much lime juice, just-enough simple syrup, and fizzy sparkling water, this virgin mojito delivers.
Reasons to Love This Recipe
- You get all of that classic flavor and won't miss the rum one bit in this non-alcoholic mojito.
- There's a great balance between the mint and lime flavors, all tempered with sweetness.
- It's versatile! Using club soda or plain sparkling water works great, but coconut flavored sparkling water adds the BEST subtle coconut mojito flavor in a lighter, better-for-you spin.
- Mint: Fourteen average-sized mint leaves provides a bold yet balanced mint flavor for one virgin mojito. The standard supermarket fresh mint (spearmint) is used here as it's easy to get. While garden centers may sell a specialty "mojito mint" variety, I have not encountered that to try it in this recipe myself.
- Simple syrup: Heating a 1:1 ratio of granulated sugar and water until the sugar dissolves makes this one of the easiest ingredients to make. Pre-dissolving the sugar ensures your drinks are not gritty.
- Lime juice: Freshly-squeezed is best for beverages.
- Club soda: Soda water provides the carbonation without any added sweeteners. Sparkling water also works, and you can get creative with flavors. I really love using coconut-flavored water for this mojito mocktail.
- Pour simple cocktail syrup into a tall glass, then add the mint leaves. Briefly muddle the mint with a muddler or with the handle end of a wooden spoon. Do this by pressing up and down on the mint several times, twisting the muddler only a little bit as you go, to release the fragrance.
- Pour in the lime juice and give everything a stir. Add ice.
- Pour in club soda (or sparkling water), then stir to combine. Garnish each mojito mocktail with a lime wedge or round and more fresh mint.
Virgin Mojito Tips and Tricks
- Go easy when muddling. You want to release the mint leaf oils, not tear and crush the leaves as this can cause the drink to turn bitter. An up-and-down motion works best, not big twists. See more mint muddling in action in this frosty blended watermelon mocktail.
- As with all beverages: take a sip and adjust the ingredients to your liking.
- A mojito mocktail (and a classic mojito) recipe can be tricky to turn into a pitcher due to the muddling. Instead of muddling 112 mint leaves in a pitcher, I would first consider making a mint-flavored simple syrup, taking care not to heat and "cook" the mint leaves too much as to dull their flavor. I will update this post with instructions when I get the chance to experiment.
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- ¾ ounce (1 ½ Tablespoons) simple syrup
- 14 fresh mint leaves
- ½ ounce (1 Tablespoon) freshly squeezed lime juice
- Crushed ice
- 5 ounces club soda or sparkling water
- Prepare simple syrup if necessary (see steps in recipe notes section) and let cool.
- Add simple syrup to the bottom of a tall glass, then add mint leaves.
- Muddle the mint leaves with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon, pressing down on the leaves several times to release their oils, very lightly twisting the muddler side to side until fragrant. Go easy so as not to rip/crush the leaves as this can turn the mint bitter.
- Once muddled, add the lime juice to the glass and stir.
- Add crushed iced to the glass, then top with club soda. Stir and adjust the ingredients to taste (more lime juice, club soda, etc.) Garnish with fresh mint or lime wedges or rounds.
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