Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito
The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 cocktail
Yield: 1 drink

Cool and refreshing, the mojito is a favorite summer cocktail. While it typically includes a shot of rum, the virgin mojito proves that alcohol is not necessary. This mocktail offers the same mint-lime flavor, it's just as easy to mix up, and everyone can enjoy its fresh taste. The family-friendly beverage is a great addition to showers and parties, and a fantastic way to cool down on a hot summer day in the backyard.

For this nonalcoholic mojito recipe, lime wedges are muddled with honey syrup and mint. The glass is filled with ice and topped with the sparkling beverage of your choice. It's very simple and you won't miss the liquor.

Just like the original mojito, use the recipe as inspiration to give this drink a personal twist: switch out the sweetener, add other fruits or herbs, or pour a flavored soda or sparkling water. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, so have fun with it!

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 1 ounce honey syrup
  • 10 to 15 mint leaves
  • 4 to 6 ounces sparkling water or club soda
  • Garnish: lime wedges
  • Garnish: mint sprig

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Virgin Mojito
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  2. Cut the lime into wedges, adding four or five to a tumbler along with the honey syrup. Muddle well to release all of the lime juice.

    Muddling Limes for a Virgin Mojito
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  3. Add the mint, tearing each leaf into smaller pieces, and muddle gently to release the herb's essence.

    Muddling Mint for a Virgin Mojito
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  4. Fill the glass with ice then sparkling water or soda. Stir well to incorporate the lime and mint into the ice.

    Mixing a Fresh Virgin Mojito
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  5. Garnish with more lime wedges and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.

    Virgin Mojito
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Tips

  • To make honey syrup, mix 2 or 3 parts of honey with 1 part of water, stirring until it's an even consistency. Thinning it out helps the honey mix better into cold drinks.
  • If you do not have a muddler, the back of a large spoon can work. You can also use a rolling pin (or similar kitchen utensil) with a flat end. Alternatively, squeeze the juice from the lime wedges into the glass, add the mint and syrup and stir very well after adding ice.
  • Mint beginning to wilt? Preserve the herb's fresh taste by making a mint simple syrup. Use it as a full or partial substitute for the honey syrup.

Recipe Variations

  • Switch to simple syrup or use about 2 teaspoons of sugar instead of honey syrup. Raw and coconut sugars, as well as artificial sweeteners, work well, too.
  • Use flavored sparkling water or soda to give the drink a bubbly lift. Citrus is a great choice, though nearly any bright fruit or combination of fruits can be fun. Since options like ginger ale and lemon-lime soda can be quite sweet, you might want to adjust the syrup.
  • Add more fruits that pair well with mint. Muddle in fresh raspberries, pomegranate arils, or slices of cucumber, lemon, melon, peach, or pineapple. Or, switch to a sparkling apple cider or grape juice. A splash of pomegranate or pineapple juice is nice as well.
  • Build on the herbal taste by adding lavender, lemon verbena, rosemary, or sage to the muddle.
  • Incorporate a little spice with a ginger simple syrup.