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Mocktail Mojito

Here’s a virgin Mocktail Mojito recipe that’s a bubbly and refreshing take on the original mojito cocktail. All it takes is 5 ingredients and 5 minutes. Serve it as a clean and citrusy beverage when you just need something to sip on.

mocktail mojito in highball glass with lime wheels, mint sprig and jigger on side

 

Why you’ll love this mint mocktail

Refreshingly sweet! A little of this and a little of that makes for a balanced and sparkly drink. Just like a crisp cucumber mint mojito, you get sweetness from the agave syrup and tart, pucker-up flavors from the lime juice. It’ll make you keep going back for more.

You’ll never miss the rum! Don’t get me wrong, cocktail recipes are my jam. But I can assure you that you will never miss the rum with this mojito virgin. The fresh mint and lime provide so much essence on their own.

Perfect for a party! Looking for a fun, fantastic way to celebrate without the boos. This is your ticket there! The recipe is easy to scale up. Just multiply the ingredient measurements by however many drinks you need and — voila! — a mocktail recipe that’s party-ready.

Ingredients

Nothing beats a mocktail recipe that requires a short list of ingredients — most of which you probably already have on hand. You will need:

  • Lime juice
  • Fresh mint leaves / mint sprig
  • Agave nectar or simple syrup
  • Soda water
  • Lime wheels

overhead of mint mojito mocktail with mint sprigs, bar spoon and squeezed lime

How do you mix a mojito mocktail?

A sturdy muddler and large bar spoon come in handy when mixing together this mint mojito. Simply prep all the ingredients first and then mix away.

  1. Muddle mint and lime: In the bottom of a high ball glass, add lime juice, mint leaves and agave. Muddle together until leaves are wilted and fragrant.
  2. Fill and stir: Add crushed ice and finish with soda water. Gently stir together with a bar spoon until the mint leaves are evenly distributed from the bottom.
  3. Garnish and serve: Garnish with lime wheels and a large fresh mint sprig that pokes out from the top. Enjoy with a straw!

mocktail mojito in highball glass with lime wheels, mint sprig and jigger on side

Make it for a crowd

A mock mojito that tastes like the real thing — sign me up! Your friends will love these too.

Since the beauty of a mojito is all about the muddled mint, I recommend making each one individually in your glasses of choice, if making for a party. I like to have the ingredients prepped and ready, line up all my glasses and then muddle and stir assembly-line style.

Serve these with salty snacks like blue cheese stuffed olives, steak frites and chipotle chicken nachos.

Recipe tips:

  • Muddle just until the mint leaves are bruised. You want to gently release their essential oils without shredding the leaves.
  • Stir the cocktail at the end. This helps to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom, making for a better presentation.

hand holding highball glass filled with virgin mint mocktail with lime wheels and fresh mint

Mocktail mojito FAQs

Where are mojitos from?

Classic mojitos (with rum) are said to be from Havana, Cuba, although their history is quite muddled. 🙂

What is a mojito without alcohol called?

A mojito recipe without rum is called a “virgin mojito” or “nojito”.

Can I use a different sweetener other than sugar?

Yes! Sugar cane is traditional, but I find agave syrup or simple syrup to blend much better.

If you’re worried about calories, by going the mocktail route with a mojito (no rum), you’ve already saved 100 calories!

What is the purpose of a muddler?

A muddler is a long, sturdy bartender’s tool used to crush fruit, herbs or spices to release their natural aroma and essential oils.

Can I muddle mint without a muddler?

Yes! If you don’t have a muddler, use the end of a wooden spoon or a small rolling pin.

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mocktail mojito in highball glass with lime wheels, mint sprig and jigger on side

Mocktail Mojito

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Muddler
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s a virgin Mocktail Mojito recipe that’s a bubbly and refreshing take on the original mojito cocktail. All it takes is 5 ingredients and 5 minutes. Serve it as a clean and citrusy beverage when you just need something to sip on.


Ingredients

Scale

12 oz lime juice or juice from one lime

56 fresh mint leaves, torn

1 tsp agave nectar, or simple syrup

Soda water

Lime wheels, for garnish

Mint sprig, for garnish


Instructions

  1. Muddle mint and lime: In the bottom of a high ball glass, muddle together lime juice, mint leaves and agave until leaves are crushed and aromatic. 
  2. Fill and stir: Fill the glass with crushed ice and top it off with soda water. With a bar spoon, gently stir the drink together until the mint leaves are evenly distributed from the bottom.
  3. Garnish and serve: Garnish off with fresh lime wheels and a large fresh mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

Notes

Crushed ice is preferred, but regular ice cubes work just as well.

Keywords: mint, lime juice, virgin

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